Scaling and Root Planing for Gum Disease

Scaling and Root Planing for Gum Disease

Scaling and root planing, also known as deep cleaning, is a non-surgical procedure aimed at treating gum disease. It goes beyond your regular dental cleaning to target the buildup of plaque and tartar that have accumulated below the gumline. The goal of scaling and root planing is to reduce pocket depths around the teeth. These pockets form when gums pull away from teeth due to inflammation caused by gum disease. By removing bacteria-laden deposits and promoting the healing of gum tissues, this procedure can help restore your oral health.

Remember, early detection and intervention are key in preventing gum disease from progressing into more serious conditions such as periodontitis. So if you're experiencing symptoms like bleeding gums or persistent bad breath, don't hesitate - to schedule an appointment with your dental professional today!

Why Is It Important to Treat Gum Disease?

Gum disease may seem like a minor inconvenience, but its impact can be far-reaching and long-lasting. Ignoring gum disease can lead to serious oral health problems down the road. That's why it is crucial to treat gum disease as soon as possible.

One of the primary reasons why treating gum disease is important is because it can progress into more severe forms if left untreated. Gingivitis, which is the early stage of gum disease, can easily be reversed with proper care and treatment. However, if gingivitis progresses into periodontitis, it becomes much harder to manage.

Another reason to address gum disease promptly is that it can have systemic effects on your overall health. Studies have shown a link between gum disease and various health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, respiratory infections, and even certain types of cancer.

Treating gum disease not only improves your oral health but also enhances your overall well-being. By eliminating infection-causing bacteria in your gums through scaling and root planing treatments, you reduce the risk of tooth loss and other complications associated with advanced stages of gum diseases.

Don't wait until you experience pain or notice visible signs of gum disease - take action now! Regular dental check-ups combined with good oral hygiene practices at home are key in preventing and managing this common condition.

How Is the Procedure Done?

First, your dentist or dental hygienist will begin by numbing the area with a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort throughout the process. This is important because scaling and root planing involve deep cleaning below the gum line, where plaque and tartar buildup can cause inflammation and infection. Using specialized tools, they will carefully remove plaque and tartar from both above and below the gum line. This is known as scaling. It may involve scraping away buildup on tooth surfaces as well as in between teeth. Next, the root surfaces of your teeth will be smoothed out through a process called root planing. This helps to remove any rough areas that can attract bacteria and cause further damage to your gums.

The entire procedure may be completed in one visit or broken up into multiple appointments depending on the severity of your condition. Your dentist will assess your individual needs before determining the best approach for you. Scaling and root planing provide a thorough cleaning of deep pockets around your teeth, addressing gum disease at its source. By removing harmful bacteria and promoting healing, this procedure plays a crucial role in restoring oral health.

Visit Nicole E. Kuske, DDS, at 22992 El Toro Rd, Lake Forest, CA, 92630, or call (949) 855-0176 for the best dental care tailored to your specific requirements.

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