A lot of people end up developing gum disease despite their best efforts to brush or floss. When this happens and you need additional dental intervention to clear up the problem, it can be an effective option to scale and plane root.
What is Scaling and Root Planing?
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure, otherwise known as deep cleaning, designed to treat and prevent advanced periodontal disease stages. When we do this treatment, we apply a local anesthetic to the region to extract all plaque, bacterial toxins and tartar particles from your teeth and their root surfaces completely.
Then we start the root planing process, which involves smoothing all the rugged areas on your teeth’s roof surfaces. This prevents plaque, tartar, and bacteria from returning under the gum line, allowing your gums to heal effectively from the procedure.
Spotting Gum Disease Early
If you develop gum disease, it is best to have scaling and root planing done early on, so you can treat the problem properly and avoid more expensive and invasive procedures.
- Have red, swollen gums
- Have bad breath and cannot get it to go away
- Experience pain while chewing
- Have extremely sensitive teeth
- Have tender or bleeding gums
In addition to having your teeth scaled and planed in our lab, it is also important to prevent further development of the gingivitis. We recommend that you brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste twice daily, replace your toothbrush regularly, floss daily and use an antimicrobial mouthwash.
Let Us Help
We want to help ensure that your smile will be beautiful and healthy for years to come. If you have questions on how to avoid gum disease, what is involved in the scaling and root planing process, or anything else, please feel free to contact our office.
For more information on this and/or any other dental services we offer at Shenandoah Valley Implant Institute LLC , contact our Harrisonburg, VA office during regular business hours to schedule an appointment with Dr. Saunders