Periodontal (gum) disease is one of the most common oral health problems in America. For You Dental in Dallas, TX, offers restorative dentistry services like scaling and root planing to treat your gum disease and to prevent it from becoming so severe that you could lose your teeth.
What is scaling and root planing?
Scaling and root planing, commonly called deep cleaning or conventional periodontal therapy, refers to a non-surgical periodontal therapy that is considered one of the most effective treatments for treating gum disease.
Specifically, scaling involves scraping and removing plaque and tartar from the teeth. Scaling is different from the ordinary cleaning of teeth by dentists in the sense that it involves cleaning the areas of the tooth below the gumline. This is the reason why it is also called deep cleaning.
Root planing specifically refers to cleaning the root surfaces of the teeth. Here, the roots of the teeth are deeply cleaned in order to remove plaque and biofilm, as well as to smoothen the rough areas in the tooth’s roots.
What are signs and symptoms of gum disease?
Gum disease is caused by bacteria in the mouth. When these bad bacteria thrive, they can form into plaque and tartar which in turn can cause different oral health problems.
Some of the symptoms of gum disease include:
- Tender gums
- Swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Gums that recede from the tooth
- Loose teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus on the gums and surrounding teeth
Gum disease can be painless at first until it progresses and worsens. As soon as any of these symptoms are present, visit For You Dental as soon as possible even if you don’t experience any pain, so that Dr. Drakeford can examine your mouth and give you instructions on how to prevent any periodontal disease from becoming more severe.
When is scaling and root planing necessary?
When the gum recedes or pulls away from the tooth, it becomes a good breeding place for bacteria to thrive. From here, plaque builds up and causes the gum to bleed easily. Before this leads to more serious problems, Dr. Ashlea Drakeford may recommend scaling and root planing.
What are the benefits of scaling and root planing?
Aside from treating your gum disease, scaling and root planing also has added benefits like:
- It reduces the inflammation and bleeding of the gums
- It alleviates bad breath caused by gum disease
- It cleans the teeth and removes stains
- It prevents bacteria that cause periodontal problems to travel via the bloodstream to the other parts of the body
Will I experience any pain while undergoing a scaling and root planing procedure?
Before beginning the actually scaling and root planing, Dr. Drakeford will numb the area by administering a local anesthesia to ensure that you won’t experience any pain or discomfort while undergoing the treatment. After the procedure, you can expect that the gums will be tender either as an after-effect of the anesthesia or a little sore because of the deep cleaning performed. Dr. Drakeford may also prescribe painkillers to relieve any discomfort felt after the scaling and root planing procedure.
What should I do after undergoing a scaling and root planing procedure?
After undergoing the procedure, it is necessary for you to observe basic oral hygiene and certain lifestyle changes to promote healing and reduce your risk for future periodontal problems. Thus, brush and floss your teeth regularly. If you’re into the habit of smoking, start quitting now and avoid using any other tobacco products. Also, follow any specific instructions that Dr. Drakeford may give on how to properly care for your teeth and gum tissues after the scaling and root planing procedure.
Is scaling and root planing procedure enough to treat my gum disease?
It must be noted that scaling and root planing is best only in treating gum disease at its initial stages. Once the gum disease has progressed to more serious and severe cases, scaling and root planing may be administered as a preparatory treatment for more advanced procedures and further treatments.
For You Dental believes that you deserve healthy teeth and gums as well as good overall oral health. For You Dental offers scaling and root planing as part of our restorative dentistry services to maintain the health of your teeth, your smile and your overall look. With Dr. Ashlea Drakeford and her team of dental care experts in Dallas, as well as the latest technologies in dentistry that we use, you’re sure to have an exceptional dental experience with For You Dental.
To learn more about scaling and root planing as well as the other services that we offer, visit For You Dental in Dallas, Texas, today. Call us at (972) 386-4999 to book your appointment!