The Importance of Scaling and Root Planing

The Importance of Scaling and Root Planing

Posted by Deirdre Pittman on Mar 13 2023, 02:01 AM

If you have gum disease, our dentist at Dental SPA, may recommend scaling and root planing as a treatment method. This non-surgical deep cleaning procedure removes plaque and tartar buildup from the surfaces of your teeth above and below the gum line. Since your toothbrush can’t reach these areas, you are susceptible to bacteria growth. During scaling and root planing, your gums are numbed for comfort; then, the excess buildup of tartar is removed with a precision tool. Finally, the roots of your teeth are smoothed with an ultrasonic scaling tool that helps prevent harmful bacteria from accumulating again.

The Scaling and Root Planing Procedure

Your procedure will begin with comprehensive and gentle scaling of the teeth, which removes tartar above and below the gum line. Then, the root surfaces will be planned smoothly to eliminate any remaining bacteria and debris, allowing the gums to heal correctly.

You may experience some sensitivity for a few days after your treatment, but brushing and flossing regularly will help your gums heal quickly. Your dentist may recommend a special mouthwash or toothpaste to protect your sensitive gum tissue.

If your teeth are susceptible and painful, your dentist may prescribe medication to help control your discomfort. Sometimes, you may need a follow-up appointment after two weeks to check your healing progress. After all of your symptoms have subsided, you should schedule regular cleanings every six months to prevent the development of gum disease.

The Benefits of Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing is an in-office procedure for treating gum disease patients. The treatment removes plaque, other bacteria, and tartar from above and below the gum line, helping patients maintain healthy gums and prevent further complications. Gum disease is treatable and preventable; you can keep a healthy mouth for years by receiving regular preventive care.

In addition to improving oral health, scaling, and root planning can enhance the overall quality of life. Gum can lead to several other chronic or systemic health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. With regular care, patients can vastly reduce the risk of these severe diseases and enjoy better overall health.

Patients may also notice improvements in their smile after receiving a scaling and root planing treatment. After your procedure, your gums will be healthier and tighter, allowing you to keep your teeth clean and debris-free. Additionally, many patients report less bleeding after brushing their teeth so that they can enjoy a cleaner, brighter smile.

Scaling and root planing is a simple, safe procedure to improve your smile and overall health. For the best dental care tailored to your unique needs, visit Dental SPA at 205 Towne Center Blvd, Sanford, FL 32771, or call (407) 330-3601.

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