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Do You Need Scaling and Root Planing to Treat Your Gum Disease?
Posted on 11/13/2015 by Dr. Dennison
Root scaling and planing is an extremely effective method in treating gum disease before it becomes severe and irreversible. This treatment method involves cleaning between the teeth and gums all the way down to the root. If your periodontist has recommended this treatment option, it is important to fully understand the procedure.
Why Root Scaling and Planing is Recommended
If your periodontist has recommended root scaling and planing, you likely have progressing gum disease characterized by a buildup of tartar and plaque. Plaque involves the accumulation of bacteria that attach to the tooth surfaces, and when left untreated, this substance can harden to become tartar. Unfortunately, this cement-like accumulation can be difficult to remove, and left untreated, decay and gum disease will occur.
Root scaling and planing is essentially a way to clean the gums and teeth thoroughly to eliminate the buildup of plaque and tarter. They are actually two separate procedures, despite usually appearing together:
Scaling. Scaling involves removing the tartar and plaque from below or around the gum disease. Mechanical and ultrasonic tools can be used to scrape away these materials.
Root planing. This procedure involves smoothing out the tooth roots, as these areas are most commonly affected. By smoothing the roots out, it can be more difficult for bacteria to accumulate.
Benefits of Root Planing and Scaling
This procedure comes with a variety of benefits. First, it isn't as painful as more invasive treatment methods. There will be no need for stitching or cutting into the gums. The result is faster healing than will be offered by surgical methods. Additionally, since you won't need surgery, root scaling and planing is typically a more affordable option to treat gum disease than other treatment methods.
If you have been diagnosed with gum disease and think that root scaling and planing might be a good option, contact us to set up a consultation.