For those who have periodontal disease, Dr. Hill may recommend scaling and root planing treatment.
What is scaling and root planing for?
This is a common treatment for those who have gum disease
. Gum disease is coming in the US, with nearly half of the population suffering from it. You can develop gum disease if
you use poor oral hygiene techniques, have a bad diet, smoke or if the disease runs in your family.
In its early stages, periodontal disease shows up as gingivitis, which is easy to treat and reverse. However, if it is allowed to progress, the gum infection begins to break down the connections between your teeth, gums, and bones, causing your gumline to recede and gum pockets to form. Eventually, the untreated infection will break down your bone tissue, resulting in the loss of the affected teeth. This is why getting early treatment is important, and scaling and root planing can help your gum disease from getting out of control.
What does the treatment involve?
Sometimes referred to as a “deep cleaning,” this procedure is similar to the professional cleaning you get during oral wellness visits with your hygienist. However, it differs in that the tartar and plaque are being cleared away from below the gumline. For this reason. Dr. Hill or your hygienist will numb the area in order to keep you comfortable during your cleaning.
To halt the progress of gum disease, all sources of bacteria need to be cleared away. Each affected tooth will be meticulously cleaned, and all tartar and plaque will be eliminated from your gum pockets. Once this has been achieved, the surface of your tooth roots will be smoothed. This encourages the gum tissue that has pulled away to reattach again.
After the procedure is done, you will likely be instructed to use a specific antiseptic mouthwash to rid the pockets of anything that might restart the infection while the healing process is taking place. Make sure you return for periodontal maintenance visits so that we can help keep your gum pockets clean as you heal.
Remember: gum disease can have serious consequences if left untreated. If you notice any bleeding when brushing or flossing, or if your gums have become red or swollen
, schedule a visit with Dr. Hill
to have them looked at.