Scaling and Root Planing
One of the first treatment methods used to combat gum disease is scaling and root planing. This deep cleaning procedure is used to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth, especially when they are found under the gumline. Plaque and tartar are responsible for gum inflammation and a variety of other problems, so it is important to treat the issue thoroughly.
What is Scaling?
Scaling focuses on removing plaque and tartar along the root and below the gumline. An ultrasonic scaling tool is used, and it includes an irrigation process that delivers antimicrobial agents to reduce bacteria.
What is Root Planing?
Root planing is often done along with scaling. It involves removing cementum and surface dentin that might be housing unwanted microorganisms, tartar, and toxins. The root will be smoothed down in order to promote healing, and this also helps with preventing bacteria from colonizing there in the future.
What Are the Advantages?
Scaling and root planing are helpful in preventing disease, as the bacteria from gum infections can travel through the blood to affect other parts of the body. The procedure also protects from tooth loss, especially when deep pockets have formed between the teeth and the gums.
If you are interested in learning more about this treatment, or others periodontal treatments like ultrasonic scalers, soft and hard tissue lasers, same day crowns (CEREC), or any dental emergencies, contact us today!