Scaling and Root Planing for Gum Disease

Scaling and Root Planing for Gum Disease

Posted by G. Larry Leonakis on Mar 8 2023, 09:53 AM

Scaling and root planing are used to treat gum disease. Scaling removes plaque and tartar from the surface of the tooth. Root planing smoothes the root surfaces, making it harder for plaque to adhere to them. Scaling and root planing are often followed by periodontal maintenance, a schedule of cleanings, and checkups.

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is one of the most common oral health conditions, affecting roughly half of the population in the U.S. Without proper treatment, the bacteria that cause the condition can continue to spread and cause further damage. That’s why it’s important to receive treatment for gum disease as soon as possible if you recognize any of the symptoms described below.

The main symptoms of gum or periodontal disease include:

  • Redness and swelling of the gums near your teeth
  • Bleeding while brushing your teeth or flossing
  • Bad breath that won’t go away with brushing or mouthwash alone

If you notice any of these symptoms, make sure you contact your dentist as soon as possible to schedule an appointment for an exam and possible treatment. 

Scaling and root planing are often used in treating periodontitis. This process involves removing plaque and tartar buildup above and below the gum line. After scaling and root planing, special tools may be used to clean the pockets between your teeth and gums in order to remove the bacteria. The dentist may prescribe medication to help control the infection as well. 

If you currently have gum disease, it’s critical that you schedule a dentist appointment right away so your condition can be properly treated. Early intervention can help you avoid more invasive treatments down the road, which could include tooth extraction and periodontal surgery. 

How Is Gum Disease Treated?

If your dentist determines that you have periodontal disease, they’ll recommend scaling and root planing treatment. This deep cleaning procedure removes the bacteria from above and below the gum line to stop the progression of the disease and prevent further damage to your smile. Scaling removes excess plaque buildup from the tooth surfaces, while root planing smoothes out any rough or uneven areas on the tooth roots to prevent future bacteria buildups. The mouth rinses used after professional cleanings are also an important part of the healing process, as they help reduce inflammation and kill any remaining bacteria. Scaling and root planing is a highly successful treatment for gum disease and can help you keep your natural teeth longer by preventing tooth loss and more serious dental health issues. If you need additional dental treatments, such as dental crowns or dental implants due to severe decay, your dentist can talk to you about other treatment options during your consultation appointment.

G. Larry Leonakis, DDS, provides regular checkups and treatments and provides patients with the information to make their best decisions. Visit us at 371 S Roop St, Carson City, NV 89701, contact us at (775) 882-0635, or visit our website for further information.

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