The Basics of Scaling and Root Planing

 In oral health

Even when people know how important good daily oral care is, they still make the mistake of omitting brushing at times and even flossing. Others avoid dental appointments like the plague, only going when the need is dire. If you are one of these people, you are making a serious mistake. Northview Dental in Keystone shares the basics of scaling and root planing.

Gum Disease

Did you know that about 85% of the population suffers from some form of gum disease? When food debris gets stuck in the gumline, harmful bacteria buildup happens. And without the needed dental treatment, this situation can worsen, leading to periodontal disease and subsequent tooth loss.

If you know (or feel) that you are suffering from periodontal disease, you should probably call your dentist in. Symptoms to look out for include red, swollen gums that sometimes bleed during brushing, and pain. There are other signs you can observe, but rather than waiting for the rest of the symptoms to show, book a dental appointment ASAP.

Dental scaling and planing, done in combination, are proven methods of dental therapy designed to arrest plaque-related problems, thereby saving you from tooth loss.

What is scaling and root planing?

Once you have gone to your dentist and it has been established that you are suffering from periodontitis or gum disease, dental scaling and root planing are recommended.

In fact, scaling and root planing, also referred collectively to as deep cleaning. This is considered a routine but effective therapy against periodontal disease. It is non-surgical and highly effective when implemented together with proper daily oral hygiene and care.

How is it any different from standard tooth cleaning?

Regular dental cleaning is good for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. However, since scaling and tooth planing are intended specifically to treat periodontitis, the procedure targets those areas below the gumline. This approach ensures that the plaque, tartar and food debris in those areas are efficiently and completely removed.

Root planing is done to smoothen any rough patches along the tooth root. Which ensures bacteria, plaque and tartar have no cause to proliferate. This will then facilitate the healing process so they can grow and firmly attach themselves to your teeth.

Do dental scaling and root planing hurt?

There is absolutely no reason for you to feel anxious about your scheduled scaling and root planing procedure. Local anesthesia is usually administered to numb the gums and tooth roots. Therefore, the procedure should cause you only minimal pain or discomfort.

Dental scaling and root planing are usually performed together in one session. Whether or not you will require additional procedures depends on the severity of your case or how advanced the disease already is. 

After the scaling and root planing procedures are completed, your Northview dentist will schedule follow-up appointments. Additional therapy may also be required if the procedures have not significantly resulted in the expected progress. Schedule an appointment today!

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