Keeping Your Teeth Clean with Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing are a critical part of periodontal therapy. If you have gum disease, your dentist is likely to recommend these deep cleaning treatments to help prevent bone loss which could cause your teeth to fall out. When combined with proper oral hygiene and care, it might be possible to reverse the disease and save your teeth.
What is Dental Scaling?
If you have been diagnosed with moderate periodontitis, your dentist might suggest dental scaling to prevent it from getting worse. Scaling helps remove the tartar/calculus and plaque from your teeth and gum line. It may be done either with a hand-held or ultrasonic instrument. Some dentists use a combination of both devices.
What is Root Planing?
Root planing helps treat severe gum disease. Inflammation of the tissue (a result of the gum disease) typically causes the gums to separate from the root surface leading to the formation of pockets. These tiny spaces are difficult to keep clean and result in the accumulation of bacteria. Root planing involves the removal of plaque and tartar from the root surfaces inside the periodontal pocket to prevent growth of bacteria.
To learn more about scaling and root planing, watch this video. It is important to understand that it might take several sittings of these deep cleaning treatments to help restore the health of your gums.
Root planing and scaling have proven to be most effective in the treatment of gum disease. At Brodhagen Dental Care, we can help you keep gum disease in check and prevent tooth loss as well as treat it. Schedule a dental checkup to discuss your treatment plan. Healthy teeth and gums not only improve your smile and facial appearance, but they are also essential to your overall well-being.