Scaling and Root Planing
The dentist in 77008 provides scaling and root planing, or a deep cleaning for patients dealing with moderate levels of gum disease. It’s a nonsurgical treatment that removes infection-causing bacteria and smoothes tooth roots to prevent reinfection. Periodontal health is closely linked to systemic well-being, and gum disease should be promptly treated. Learn more about how scaling and root planing works from your dentist at Sunrise Dental.
Scaling and Root Planing: An Overview
Healthy gums fit tightly around the teeth. When there is infection, the bacteria eats away at the gum tissue, forming pockets that can eventually lead to the loss of your teeth.
In your regular checkup and cleaning, we will measure the depth of any pockets surrounding the teeth. Once they reach a certain depth, successful treatment often requires scaling and root planing.
To perform scaling and root planing, your dentist or highly trained dental hygienist uses special tools to clean the surface of the tooth/teeth and the root(s). Harmful infection-causing bacteria is removed through “scaling,” and “root planing” involves smoothing the root to reduce inflammation and prevent reinfection.
Scaling and root planing may be combined with antibiotic treatment, either placed directly onto the infection or taken orally. The treatment is usually completed over the course of several visits to Sunrise Dental. Local anesthesia numbs the treatment area for your complete comfort each step of the way.
While scaling and root planing often heals moderate levels of gum disease, it may also be recommended as a preliminary procedure before surgical treatment for periodontitis.
The Need for Gum Disease Treatment
In its beginning stages, gum disease is easy to reverse with improved oral hygiene at home. But after the condition reaches a certain level, you will need to partner with your dentist for complete healing. Oral infections rarely heal on their own. Scaling and root planing heals moderate levels of gum disease, which is necessary for avoiding related health conditions.
Periodontal disease has been linked to…
- Cardiovascular disease and other heart problems
- Respiratory issues (pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and bronchitis)
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- And others
Your gums are the gateway to the rest of your body, and keeping them healthy is vital for your continued overall wellbeing.
Preventing Gum Disease
Avoid the need for gum disease treatment at all by taking steps to prevent the condition from forming in the first place. Maintain excellent dental hygiene, including brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. Eat a balanced, nutritious diet, and avoid tobacco use for healthier teeth and gums. With regular preventive attention and a healthy overall lifestyle, you will enjoy a happier, better-looking smile and a healthier body, too.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Do not put off treatment for gum disease when you need it. Periodontal disease takes a toll on your systemic well-being -- but your dentist in Greater Heights provides comfortable scaling and root planing therapy to return your smile to its good health. Request an appointment today!