Scaling and Root Planing
Our doctors recommend scaling and root planing for patients diagnosed with periodontitis. This treatment will ensure your teeth are clean and healthy, giving you a dazzling smile to show the world.
The Dangers of Plaque Buildup
Chronic gum disease is caused by a sticky film of bacteria called plaque, which continuously forms on your teeth. If your teeth aren’t cleaned well, the bacteria in plaque can harden into tartar, causing the gum tissue to become inflamed. Untreated tartar buildup will cause the gums to pull away from the teeth, leaving deep pockets for bacteria to breed.
At that point, plaque and tartar become difficult (if not impossible) to remove with regular brushing and flossing. There’s also a risk of bone and tooth loss! This is where we recommend scaling and root planing.
What is Scaling and Root Planing?
Scaling and root planing is a procedure to treat infection of deep “pockets.” Our board-certified hygienists numb the area before treatment to make sure our patients are comfortable during the scaling portion. They will then use special sonic-type instruments (called a Cavitron or Piezo scaler) to clean the roots below the gumline. Our normal dental scalers remove all the tartar above and below the gumline.
Before and after images may be taken with digital x-rays to make sure all tartar was removed. Once this procedure is completed, we recommend the post-op mouth rise of OraCare for several days.
Root planing smooths out the roots of your teeth to help your gums reattach to them. It also keeps bacteria, plaque, and tartar from re-adhering underneath the gumline. The entire scaling and root planing treatment may take several appointments to ensure goals are met.
Tips for Keeping Your Gums Healthy
After your initial scaling and root planing treatment, we encourage you to schedule follow-ups so our doctors can check on the healing of your teeth and gums. Further treatment is unnecessary if your gums respond well and remain stable.
Follow these quick tips to ensure you have happy and healthy gums after your scaling and root planing treatment:
- Avoid aggressive brushing
- Brush and floss daily
- Stay hydrated
- Use an antimicrobial mouthwash
Need to Plan a Scaling and Root Planing Appointment in Concord, NC?
Ready to schedule a consultation? Have any questions about scaling and root planing? Contact our team at Zsambeky, Chaney, & Associates today!