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Scaling and Root Planing for Gum Disease

Scaling and Root Planing for Gum Disease

Posted by KENNEDY HEIGHTS DENTAL CENTRE on Mar 7 2023, 07:06 AM

When plaque is left on the teeth for too long, it hardens into tartar. If your gums are red or swollen, you may be experiencing gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease. During a professional cleaning, we can remove built-up plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line. This not only improves your gum health but also helps to prevent damage to the gums and underlying bone structure.

If you have signs of gum disease, talk to us about scheduling an appointment today—we can provide the treatment you need to restore your oral health!

What Is Scaling and Root Planing?

Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning of the gum pockets around your teeth. These treatments are intended to remove plaque, tartar buildup, and infection-causing bacteria from the mouth. Scaling involves scraping the plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces and smoothing the tooth roots to remove toxins and promote healing. Root planing is the process of removing rough spots on the teeth' roots where harmful bacteria can hide and cause more problems.

During your treatment, our dentist can also offer deep tissue cleaning to gently clean away any buildup of calculus or debris in difficult-to-reach areas of your mouth. Once your smile has been cleaned, we can complete any remaining treatment with antibiotics or other medications as needed.

When Is Scaling and Root Planing Used?

Dentists use scaling and root planing in non-surgical ways to treat gum disease. It is a common treatment for many patients who have mild to moderate periodontal disease. It removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line, cleans the roots, and helps to slow the progression of the disease. Typically, this is performed over the course of two visits with the dentist. Many dentists or oral surgeons may also recommend antibiotics to help remove any harmful bacteria from the gums as well.

Scaling refers to removing plaque, tartar, and bacteria from the surface of the teeth and their roots. This is typically done with the use of ultrasonic instruments and hand instruments. The dentist will also clean the teeth and ensure that any deposits are removed.

Root planning refers to the cleaning of the tooth's root surface below the gum line. This is crucial for preventing further decay and disease from occurring as the gum tissues cover the roots and protect them from further damage.

Patients who have gingivitis or mild periodontal issues may receive scaling and root planing as a preventative treatment. Those who are suffering from moderate periodontitis may require this treatment in addition to other treatments such as laser therapy or a deep cleaning called scaling and planing. 

At Kennedy Heights Dental Centre, we strive to provide our patients with a positive and relaxing experience. If you're ready to experience the best dental care, please contact us at 778.438.2084. or visit us at 11960 88 Ave, Delta, BC V4C 3C8. 

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