Is It Time to Undergo Periodontal Scaling or Root Planing?

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developing gum diseasePeriodontal scaling and root planing are treatments used to treat gum disease before it becomes severe. These types of procedures are performed when gums have either started to pull away from the teeth or the roots of the teeth have developed hard mineral deposits, or tartar, on them. Severe gum disease is typically recognized by a sticky bacterial plaque, which builds up on your teeth, causing inflammation, and in some cases bleeding gums. Bacteria and inflammation in your mouth can be linked to other health related problems, including heart attack, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and dementia, and can otherwise endanger your overall health.

What is Root Planing and Scaling?

Periodontal root planing and scaling are some of the most effective ways to treat gum disease. These procedures clean between the gums and teeth down to the roots. In some cases, your dentist will use an ultrasonic tool for the planing and scaling. He or she may also use antibiotic fibers, placing them into the pockets between your teeth and gums. About one week after the procedure, your dentist will remove the fibers. Root planing and scaling is a simple procedure that can work very well to stop gum disease in its tracks. However, after the procedure, it’s up to the patient to incorporate a healthy routine. For example, stopping all use of tobacco. Smoking or using spit tobacco significantly decreases your ability to fight gum infections and delays healing. In addition, routine brushing and flossing regiments following this procedure are extremely important in avoiding diseased gums.

Risks of Improper Dental Care

The primary cause of periodontal disease is the accumulation of bacterial plaque at and under the gum line. Plaque is often difficult to detect with the naked eye, due to its colorless mass and positioning along the gums and locked between teeth. Food sticks to plaque on teeth, and, without removal, will result in irritated gums that grow diseased over time. Eventually, this plaque combines with natural minerals in the mouth, forming tartar that cannot be removed through simply brushing and flossing. At this point, the situation can become dire, resulting in gum bleeding, loose teeth, or the actual loss of teeth. Unfortunately, periodontal disease typically goes unnoticed until matters do become extreme. Most adults with periodontal disease are unaware they have it, however, if diagnosed and treated early, the teeth can be saved. This is why it’s important to regularly schedule visits with your dentist, not only to treat issues that are currently occurring, but to prevent gum disease in the future.

Contact the Center Today

If you are suffering from irritated gums, or something more severe regarding your oral health, it is important to see a periodontist in order to ensure you overall health and wellness. Schedule an appointment online or contact the Center for Advanced Periodontal and Implant Therapy today at (310) 299-8329 to get started on the road to healthier gums!

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