Dental Scaling and Root Planning

Gum Disease Can Be Very Serious

Plaque and tartar hidden below the gums can provide just the right conditions for the harmful bacteria that cause bleeding gums, irritation, gingivitis, and periodontal disease to thrive and grow. If not treated early, periodontal disease can seriously infect the gums and bone that surrounds the teeth. Periodontal gum disease is the number one reason why people lose their teeth.

Periodontal gum disease can break down the support or bone structures of the teeth, so eventually the teeth will become loose. The problem is that until it gets quite severe, a person often has no symptoms. The damage which periodontal disease can cause to the support structures of the teeth can be irreversible. Yet, if caught in time, the dentist can protect and restore the infected teeth and gums.

Dental Scaling And Root Planing Protects Your Teeth And Gums

Dental scaling and root planing is not surgery. It is a dental procedure developed to thoroughly clean the teeth below the gums and down to the roots. This procedure (also called Deep Cleaning) is designed to remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth, and is one of the most conservative and effective ways to treat gingivitis and periodontal gum disease by protecting against and removing the harmful infection before it progresses to the point it becomes too severe and irreversible.

The Procedure Causes Very Little Discomfort

The dentist or dental hygienist will first apply a local anesthesia to carefully numb the gums and roots before starting the procedure. After insuring the patient is comfortable they will then begin the deep cleaning process by removing the hardened deposits of plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth, both above and below the gum line, while gently and expertly smoothing the rough spots along the roots of the teeth which can promote disease by trapping, holding, and allowing harmful bacteria to thrive and grow.

As noted, the scaling and root planing procedure will cause little or no discomfort, and by simply following the dentist’s instructions your gums should quickly begin to regain a healthy feel and appearance.