Scaling and Root Planing

Brushing and flossing daily, along with having regular check-ups, are essential practices to good dental care. In cases where gum disease has set in, a process called scaling and root planing may be done to fix the problem.  This process is fairly simple, and if good hygiene is resumed after the procedure, it should be able to stop the spread of the disease.


What To Expect

This process involves a more complex cleaning of the teeth done by the dentist. During this process, the tooth is cleaned down to the roots.  The doctor may use a local anesthetic in order to minimize any pain or discomfort you may feel.

During this procedure, an ultrasonic tool may be used in order to scrape the deposits off of your teeth.  If your gum disease is less severe, a standard scraping tool may be used in order to lessen discomfort.  The doctor may also place fibers that contain antibiotics between your teeth and gums in order to kill bacteria and speed up the healing process.  If fibers are necessary in order to give you completely clean teeth, they will typically be removed about a week after the procedure is done.

Many patients have little to no discomfort when they have scaling and root planing done.  If you require anesthetic, your lips and gums may remain numb for several hours.  This process is a simple and fairly painless way to ensure that you have clean teeth, and that the spread of gum disease is stopped before it gets too harmful for your mouth.


After The Treatment

In order for the scaling and root planing procedure to be successful long-term, it is important that you return to a consistent schedule of good oral hygiene.  Brush and floss regularly, and make sure to schedule visits twice a year for a dental check-up and cleaning.  Scaling and root planning can be successful as long as good dental hygiene is performed afterwards in order to stop the return of gum disease.

If you are dealing with the early stages of gum disease, this procedure is a great way to reduce the spreading and also help to stop future development.  The doctor performs this simple procedure in order to ensure that your teeth and mouth are as healthy as possible. Once you notice the initial stages of this disease, schedule an appointment immediately to deal with the problem.




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