Scaling & Root Planing in Broomall PA
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) estimates that about 46 percent of all adults aged 30 years and older show signs of periodontal or gum disease. If you are suffering from periodontal disease, Dr. Sander I. White may recommend scaling and root planing procedures to help keep your mouth healthy and prevent the harmful effects of the condition. Our dental team leverages the latest tools and cutting-edge technologies to perform "deep cleaning" that removes plaque and tartar below your gumline so that you avoid the adverse effects of gum diseases and get back your beautiful smile.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease results from infections and inflammation of the gums and bone surrounding and supporting your teeth. In its early stage, the condition is referred to as gingivitis, typically characterized by swollen red gums which may bleed with time. If gingivitis is not treated, it takes a more severe form called periodontitis.
Periodontitis results in gums that pull away from the tooth, loose teeth, and bone loss. The disease is caused by bacteria in the mouth that infects tissue surrounding the tooth to cause severe inflammation. If the bacteria stay in the teeth for long, it forms a film called plaque that hardens over time to form tartar or calculus. The tartar can build and spread to the gum line and make cleaning your teeth hard. Some of the typical signs of periodontal disease include:
- Tender or bleeding gums
- Red swollen gums
- Painful chewing
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath or bad taste that lingers in the mouth
- Sensitive teeth
- Gums that pull away
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, a scaling and root planing procedure can help stop the periodontal disease from advancing.
What Is Scaling and Root Planing?
Scaling and root planing refers to the deep cleaning below the gumline used to treat periodontal and other gum diseases. During scaling, Dr. White removes all the plaque and tartar above and below the gum line. He will also clean all the way down to the bottom of the pockets. Afterward, Dr. White will begin the root planing process involving smoothing out of your teeth roots so that your loose gums reattaches to your teeth.
After the deep cleaning, Dr. White may prescribe mouth rinses or medication to prevent infection and control the pain. He may also insert medication into the cleaned pocket to help you heal faster. Side effects of the process include discomfort and swelling that last for a day or two.
Dr. White may schedule several other appointments to assess how your gums have healed and measure the depths of your pockets. If it is determined the pockets have gotten more profound, more treatments may be recommended.
The Benefits of Scaling and Root Plating for Patients with Gum Disease
There are several reasons why scaling and root planing is recommended for any individual suffering from gum disease.
Some of the primary benefits of the procedure include:
Reduced Progression of Dental Diseases
Dental diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis are progressive conditions. Without necessary intervention measures, they can worsen significantly over time. Should this happen, you will experience severe and often irreversible damage to your teeth and mouth. Untreated dental issues also lead to painful infections, receding gums and tooth bone, and ultimately tooth loss. Scaling and root planing can prevent your gum disease from progressing to this stage.
Protects the Tooth's Roots
Root planing and scaling can protect the roots of your teeth by preventing harmful bacteria and plaque from building up below the gum line. It also prevents root decay and periodontal infection around the tooth roots that often lead to tooth loss.
Protects Your Overall Health
Undoubtedly, a mouth free of gum diseases is a healthy one. The accumulation of plaque causes cavities to develop. Scaling and root planing guarantee your teeth and gums will be in better condition so that you don't have to worry about unpleasant symptoms such as bad breath.
Additionally, gum diseases have been linked to other health conditions such as heart attacks and strokes. The scaling and root planing procedure helps keep the gums clean and prevents bacteria from traveling into your bloodstream.
More Attractive Smile
Scaling and root planing removes the unsightly plaque and superficial stains that hinder your smile are removed. Additionally, the treatment also reduces the redness and swells in your gums so that you enjoy a good laugh and smile.
Fewer Dental Appointments
If you have chronic dental issues, your visits to the office will likely not end any time soon. Scaling and root planing ensure all gum diseases are resolved, thus reducing your dental appointments.
How Often Will I Need Scaling and Root Planing?
If symptoms of gum disease are showing beyond the early stages of gingivitis, it is time to schedule an appointment for a scaling and root planing procedure. If you have healthy teeth and gums, you may only need a regular dental checkup and cleaning twice a year. However, if your periodontitis is severe, you may need scaling and root planing at least twice a year or more. Most periodontal patients are seen by their dentist every three to four months. However, the specific frequency of your visits will ultimately be decided by your dental professional.
How Long Will My Gums Take to Heal After Scaling and Rooting
After a scaling and root planing procedure, it is normal to feel some sensitivity around the teeth for a few days. You may also experience increased sensitivity to hot and cold or sometimes sweet substances for up to four to six weeks. Some patients may also develop low-grade fever following the scaling and root planing procedure. However, this is a normal course of healing that should not worry you. Ensure you hydrate and take recommended medication until the symptoms subside.
Schedule an Appointment with Us
Dental scaling and root planing are cost-effective and easy procedures that can make a huge difference in your oral health. If you are living with any symptoms of periodontal diseases, our team is committed to helping you take your first steps toward better teeth and gums today!