Scaling & Root Planing
As tartar and plaque build up around the gums and teeth over time, the gum tissue becomes inflamed and a condition known as gingivitis can occur. In its simplest form, gingivitis can cause the gums to be sensitive and red, and in more complicated cases, may ultimately cause tooth and bone loss. Fortunately, gingivitis can be approached with treatments like scaling and root planing in order to head off the progression of the disease.
Scaling and Root Planing for Treatment and Prevention
This option may be used in order to treat gingivitis, or to prevent it from getting out of control. If you are prone to periodontal disease, scaling and root planing may be used as a preventative measure. Advanced treatment methods like these are used to:
- Protect teeth from harmful bacteria that can grow in deeper pockets around the gum tissue and ultimately lead to tooth loss
- Get rid of bad breath – a common side effect of gum disease
- Remove stains, plaque and tartar on the teeth to make them more attractive
- Prevent further complications like heart disease and lung infections that have been directly linked back to gum disease
Ultimately, these procedures can help keep your mouth and body healthy by preventing or treating gum disease.
What Is Scaling & Root Planing?
Once a dentist has thoroughly examined your mouth, taken X-rays and made a diagnosis, it may be time to start treatment in order to prevent or treat gum disease. Every patient is different, and we customize a treatment plan to work for the severity of your condition and any other special circumstances you have.
During the scaling process, an ultrasonic scaling tool may be used to remove plaque and calculus from the surface of the tooth. In most situations, an antimicrobial agent is also inserted beneath the gums in order to reduce the levels of harmful bacteria in the mouth.
Root planing is the process of literally smoothing the tooth in order to promote healing after the removal of toxins, tartar and unwanted microorganisms. When the teeth are smooth and clean, it’s more difficult for bacteria to colonize and grow.
These procedures are essentially used to deep clean the teeth and gums and remove bacteria that can be extremely harmful to the mouth. At times, antibiotics are given in order to ensure that the gums heal quickly after treatment.
Serving Fort Washington, Oreland, Ambler Dresher & Surrounding
Here at Harmony Dental Health conveniently located in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, we are committed to keeping your mouth as healthy and happy as possible. We are proud to provide you with a thorough exam, diagnosis and treatment of gum disease. Call us today at 215-643-0363 to schedule an appointment.