Scaling and Root Planing
Maintaining a healthy mouth and beautiful smile requires proper oral hygiene practices. This includes brushing and flossing every single day, as well as having your teeth professionally cleaned and examined every six months. Ignoring parts of your oral hygiene routine, even only occasionally, can significantly increase your risk of developing gum disease. If gum disease does develop, treatment is needed right away. At West End Dental, we can help to restore the health of your mouth with scaling and root planing.
The Progression of Gum Disease
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a progressive oral health condition that not only affects your gums but your teeth and their supporting structures as well. It is caused by a bacterial infection. When plaque and bacteria build up on the surfaces of your teeth, the bacteria begin irritating your gums. This triggers an inflammatory response from the immune system, and the gums begin to swell.
Red, swollen gums are the first signs of the earliest stage of gum disease, but these symptoms, as well as bleeding gums when you brush and floss, are often overlooked. Swollen gums begin to pull away from the surfaces of your teeth, leading to the formation of periodontal pockets. Bacteria and plaque begin collecting below the gum line. The bacteria continue to attack your gums while also attacking your periodontal ligaments and your jawbone. The gums recede, and the supporting structures become weak. Over time, the teeth become loose, and they may even fall out.
What is Scaling and Root Planing?
Scaling and root planing is a common treatment for gum disease. This treatment is essentially a deep cleaning of your teeth, during which we clean the surfaces of your teeth both above and below the gum line. Scaling is the process of cleaning the visible surfaces of your teeth, including around and just below the gum line. Using a scaler, we can eliminate all plaque and bacteria, as well as tartar, or plaque that has hardened and cannot be removed with a toothbrush.
Root planing is the process of removing plaque, bacteria, and other toxins from the root surfaces of your teeth, effectively smoothing them. This prevents new bacterial buildup, giving your gum tissue an opportunity to begin healing. An antibacterial agent is often used as well to help eliminate any bacteria that might be following lingering treatment. While treatment is minimally invasive, your gums may be sensitive. For this reason, scaling and root planing is done under a local anesthetic, which helps to ensure your comfort during treatment.
Benefits of Treating Gum Disease with Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing treatment provides several significant benefits. These benefits include:
Scaling and root planing can help to put an end to the progression of gum disease, allowing your gums to heal and your oral health to improve. Call West End Dental at (503) 446-2957 today for more information and to schedule your appointment.
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