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. Our dental team uses 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.
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. Some of the typical signs of periodontal disease include:
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, a scaling and root planing procedure can help stop the periodontal disease from advancing.
Scaling and root planing refers to the deep cleaning below the gumline used to treat periodontal and other gum diseases. During scaling, Dr. White and his hygienist will remove all the plaque and tartar above and below the gum line. This may take several visits depending on the severity of your case. As necessary, Dr. White may use different types of anesthetic to ensure your comfort.
After the deep cleaning, Dr. White may prescribe mouth rinses or medication to prevent infection. He may also insert medication into the cleaned pocket to help you heal faster.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 more 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 team.
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!