What is Scaling and Root Planing?
Scaling and root planing refers to a deeper cleaning to treat periodontal disease, the infection of the structures supporting the teeth. Periodontal disease can develop from a buildup of plaque and tartar around the teeth and under the gums. This can result in deep gum pockets and gums that pull away from the teeth. Scaling and root planing can remove this buildup below the gum line to treat the disease and prevent further complications.
When do I Need Scaling and Root Planing?
Your dentist in Plainville might recommend scaling and root planing if you experience any signs of periodontal disease such as:
- Bad breath
- Heavy tartar buildup
- Tartar on the roots of the teeth
- Deep gum pockets
- Gums pulling away from the teeth
Scaling and root planing is most effective in the early stages of gum disease. Your dentist will discuss your concerns and symptoms and examine your teeth to determine if you can benefit from scaling and root planing. In some mild cases, a regular cleaning might be enough to remove plaque and tartar.
What to Expect During Treatment
During treatment with scaling and root planing, you might receive a local anesthetic to numb the gums and roots of your teeth to minimize discomfort. The first part of your appointment with Dr. Khan will involve scaling of the gumline to remove any plaque or tartar. The process could take more than one appointment to complete.
After your deep cleaning with scaling and root planing, you might experience some tooth pain and sensitivity for a few days. Your gums might appear swollen, feel tender, or bleed. In some cases, medication is prescribed to help with the healing process and fight infection. A follow-up appointment will be required to check the gums to see how they’ve healed or if further treatment might be necessary. In most cases, gum tissue responds well to scaling and root planing and further treatment is not needed.
To prevent gum disease from developing, you should maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily. You should see your dentist for a professional cleaning every six months to remove plaque and tartar that could cause gum disease. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Khan, contact IKON Dental Group today.