If you come in for a dental cleaning and find that you have gum disease that has not yet become severe, then scaling and root planning will be the most effective treatment.
Scaling and root planning allows Glendale dentists and Glendale dental hygienists to clean between your gums and your teeth down to the very roots themselves. This is done with either an ultrasonic tool or a standard scraping tool.
When is Scaling and Root Planning necessary?
There are multiple reasons to turn to scaling and root planning treatments including:
Bacteria Removal: The bacteria that causes periodontal disease can travel throughout the body and cause other internal problems. With scaling and root planning, we can remove this harmful bacterium and keep it from spreading.
Removing this bacterium also restores health to the tissues and keeps pain and inflammation at bay.
Protecting Teeth: The bacteria growth found also causes tartar and plaque growth. When plaque grows, it begins to cover the gums and the teeth. It hardens and becomes calculus, which makes it difficult to properly clean leading to additional problems with cavities and gum disease.
Scaling and root planning can remove this calculus build-up and give patients clean teeth while making it possible to continue cleaning teeth at home. Our Glendale dental office is particularly skilled in removing calculus build-up.
What happens after treatment?
In some cases, anesthesia may be used for a more comfortable treatment. If used, your gums and lips may be numb for several hours following treatment. This is not dangerous and is simply a result of the anesthetic.
You should not have significant pain following treatment and with a good oral hygiene routine, the gum disease progression should stop entirely. Following treatment at our Glendale dental office and the institution of a good oral hygiene routine, within a few weeks to a few months your gums will heal and turn pink and firm.
At Dental Solutions, we put our patient’s health first. Regardless of the dental procedures that a patient may require, Dental Solutions dentists are committed to providing quality care that leaves a lasting benefit for each individual patient.