Gum disease is a serious dental problem that results in bad breath, dental discomfort, and tooth loss. It is a progressive condition that will cause increased damage the longer it goes untreated. One of the most effective periodontal treatments is root planing and scaling, which is also called a deep cleaning. Root planing and scaling is one of the many general dentistry services offered at the practice of Bruce E. Treiber, DDS. To find out if root planing and scaling is right for you, contact our Canton, OH practice today.
Why Is Root Planing and Scaling Performed?
Root planing and scaling may be performed on patients suffering from any stage of gum disease, and to patients that have not seen the dentist for more than a year.
In most cases, root planing and scaling is recommended to patients that have developed gum disease. Patients with gum disease have accumulated a build-up of plaque, tartar, and bacteria at and below the gum line. As the condition gets worse, the bacteria create pockets between the gum tissue and the roots of the teeth. As the pockets grow, the teeth can become loose. Periodontal disease also results in gums that bleed easily, are inflamed, and feel irritated.
Patients Who Have Avoided the Dentist
Root planing and scaling may also be recommended to patients that have skipped several dental appointments. The American Dental Association recommends that patients undergo routine dental exams and cleanings every six months. During cleanings, plaque, tartar, and bacteria are removed from the gum line, between the teeth, and other hard to reach areas. If patients skip their professional cleanings, bacteria are more likely to accumulate at and beneath the gum line. If this occurs, Dr. Treiber may recommend a deep cleaning to restore the health of your teeth and gums.
How Many Treatment Appointments Are Needed?
Root planing and scaling treatment may be performed in stages. For example, if you have a severe build-up of plaque and bacteria, we may focus on just one quadrant of the mouth, such as the upper right quadrant, in a single appointment; this will result in four total appointments. In other cases, we may address one half of the mouth, such as the upper and lower right quadrants, in a single appointment; this will result in two total appointments.
What Can I Expect during the Root Planing and Scaling Treatment Process?
During treatment, we will administer a local anesthetic to numb the teeth and gums, ensuring your comfort throughout treatment. Then an ultrasonic scaler and other tools will be used to remove plaque and bacteria that has reached below the gum line. Once all signs of infection and debris are removed and flushed away, we will use a special tool to smooth the surface of the tooth roots. This will make it more difficult for bacteria and plaque to cling to the roots.
When the local anesthetic wears off, patients may experience some tenderness in the treatment area. We recommend that patients eat soft foods and exercise caution when eating to avoid discomfort.
To find out if you need a deep cleaning, contact our practice today.