If you’re showing signs of gingivitis or gum disease, the team at Periodontal Implant Group in Houston can restore your dental health with nonsurgical treatments such as scaling and root planing. The procedure removes bacteria, plaque, and tartar from below your gum line, reducing the cause of infections that lead to gum disease. Call Periodontal Implant Group or make an appointment online today.
Scaling and root planing — also referred to as a deep clean — is a procedure where your dentist uses specialized dental tools to remove bacteria and plaque from below your gum line. It’s a common nonsurgical procedure to treat periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Bacteria and plaque cause inflammation and infection in your gums. As your gums swell, they become sensitive and pull away from your teeth.
These pockets allow bacteria to reach below your gum line and attack the roots of your teeth. Your dentist uses scaling and root planing to clean your teeth below the gum line. This often helps resolve gum disease and preserves your teeth.
Periodontal disease causes symptoms including red, swollen gums that are sensitive and prone to bleeding. You may also notice that you have bad breath. However, in its early stages, periodontal disease may not cause any symptoms at all. Having regular dental checkups is the best way to get early diagnosis and treatment for gum disease.
Scaling and root planing may take several visits to complete. Your dentist uses a local anesthetic and can provide a sedative to ensure your comfort during the procedure.
There are two steps to scaling and root planing. During the scaling part of the treatment, your dentist uses special tools to scrape away bacteria and plaque from above and below your gum line. He takes special care to clean the whole way to the bottom of the pockets where your gums have pulled away from your teeth.
The second stage is the root planing procedure. Root planing is the procedure your dentist uses to resurface and smooth the roots of your teeth. This helps your gums reattach to your teeth and protect the delicate roots.
Your gums may be tender for a day or so following your scaling and root planing and your teeth may be sensitive for a week or more.
Call Periodontal Implant Group or schedule an appointment online if you’re experiencing symptoms such as red, swollen, or bleeding gums.