What Is Scaling and Root Planing?

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If you have been told that you have advanced gum disease, you are not alone. More than 47 percent of all adults over 30 in America suffer from this condition. The good news is that a deep cleaning procedure known as scaling and root planing can help treat and manage your gum disease.

How Does Gum Disease Develop?

Plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, is the primary cause of developing gum disease. If not removed by oral care at home and professional cleanings, it can cause your gums to pull away from your teeth, leaving spaces called pockets. Plaque gets trapped in these pockets, and cannot be removed except through professional cleaning. If left untreated, gum disease may progress and cause a host of problems including tooth loss.

If gum disease is treated during its early stages (gingivitis), professional cleaning usually reverses the condition. If, however, you have advanced gum disease (periodontitis), you will likely need a scaling and root planing procedure to treat and manage your condition.

What Should You Expect?

Your deep cleaning has two parts. First is scaling, during which our dental hygienist removes all the plaque and tartar from above and below your gum line, all the way to the bottom of the pockets. Next is planing, which involves removing plaque below your gum line and smoothing out the rough spots on the roots of your teeth to help your gums reattach to your teeth.

Most patients respond well to the procedure. In some cases of advanced periodontal disease, surgical interventions may be required to prevent the progression of the condition. After periodontal treatment, we will likely recommend regular maintenance visits to carefully clean and examine your gum tissue, along with measuring gum recession.

Keeping Your Gums Healthy

Meticulous oral care will help prevent gum disease from developing. Brush your teeth at least twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, and use an antimicrobial mouthwash. Make sure to keep up with your dental checkups and cleanings at least twice a year to keep your mouth clean and healthy.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Visit us at High Street Dentistry to learn more about scaling and root planing and how it can help restore your gum health. Our highly experienced and caring team is all about keeping your smile bright and healthy for years to come! Call today!