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Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and Root Planing for Gum Disease

Scaling and root planing is a vital treatment for gum disease, targeting plaque buildup below the gumline to prevent serious oral health issues like bone and tooth loss. This deep cleaning method is necessary when gum inflammation leads to the formation of pockets around the teeth, trapping plaque that regular brushing can’t remove.

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The Procedure and Aftercare

The treatment involves two key steps: scaling, to remove plaque and tartar from beneath the gumline, and root planing, to smooth the tooth roots and encourage reattachment of the gums. Some discomfort or sensitivity is normal post-treatment, and your dentist may recommend specific medications or mouth rinses to aid in healing and prevent infection. Regular dental visits following the procedure are crucial to assess healing and prevent further issues.

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Recognizing the Need for Treatment

Be alert to symptoms like severe toothaches, sensitivity to temperatures, gum swelling, tooth discoloration, and pain while chewing, as these can indicate the need for scaling and root planing. Early intervention is key in treating gum disease effectively and preventing its progression to more severe stages.

What to expect

During the check-up visit, a thorough examination of your teeth and gums will be done. Your xrays and gums will be evaluated. The pocket depth around each tooth will be read. This is a number that correlated to your gum and bone health. A normal healthy reading can range from 1-3mm. If pocket depth is greater than 3 mm, it can indicate periodontitis. This is when there is a loss of bone around your teeth. 

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It may be recommended to have a deep cleaning (scaling and root planing). Usually we split the treatment into two visits. We will treat one side of your mouth at a time. Your gums will be numbed and scalers will be used to clean around and underneath your gums to remove harmful bacteria, plaque and tartar build up.

After the deep cleaning, we advise to stay on a 3-4 month periodontal maintenance cleaning schedule. There is no cure for gum disease. It can be stabilized and managed with proper home care and frequent professional cleanings. This will help minimize the bacterial growth and build up around your gums. Additional procedures may be needed in certain cases depending on the severity of the gum disease. We are here to help on you journey to a healthy mouth!