Scaling and root planing is a common non-surgical procedure used to treat gum disease. This treatment involves removing plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth and gums, as well as smoothing out any rough spots on the tooth root surfaces. At Sunshine Family Dental, we offer scaling and root planing as part of our comprehensive dental services to help improve your oral health.
Why Do You Need Scaling and Root Planing?
Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, is a serious condition that can cause significant damage to your teeth, gums, and supporting bone if left untreated. It occurs when bacteria in plaque and tartar buildup along the gum line, leading to inflammation, redness, and bleeding. If left untreated, gum disease can progress to advanced stages, leading to tooth loss and other serious health complications.
How Does Scaling and Root Planing Work?
Scaling and root planing is typically performed in a series of appointments and involves the following steps:
- Scaling: Our skilled dental hygienist will use special instruments to remove plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth and gums.
- Root planing: Once the teeth and gums have been scaled, our hygienist will use special instruments to smooth out any rough spots on the tooth root surfaces.
- Follow-up appointments: In some cases, additional follow-up appointments may be necessary to ensure that the gums are healing properly and to monitor your progress.
After the procedure, you may experience some mild discomfort, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications. It is important to maintain good oral hygiene practices, including brushing and flossing regularly, to prevent further buildup of plaque and tartar.
If you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease or suspect you may need scaling and root planing, don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule an appointment. Early intervention is key to preventing further damage and restoring your oral health.