Gum disease, or Periodontal disease, is inflammation and infection that affects the gums surrounding the teeth. Gum disease is a serious medical issue that requires immediate attention from your dentist. If left untreated, the gums can begin to pull away from the teeth, leading to damage to the tissues and bones that support your teeth.
Scaling and Root Planing for Gum Disease
Once you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease, your dentist may recommend scaling and root planing, a type of deep cleaning used for treating gum disease. This could be done in one or in the course of several appointments, depending on the severity of your gum disease and any other medical issues you may have. Your dentist may use a local anesthetic to numb the gum area before starting.
What is Scaling?
The process starts with scaling, where all the plaque and tartar is removed from your teeth and periodontal pockets, the areas surrounding each tooth. This step can be performed by either a dental hygienist or dentist.
What is Root Planing?
During root planing, the root surfaces of your teeth are smoothed so that the gums can heal and reattach to the teeth. Different instruments may be used during this process, depending on the severity of your condition.
What Happens After Scaling and Root Planing?
After your dental hygienist or dentist has performed scaling and root planing on your teeth, medication may be used directly on your gums to treat the infection. Your dentist may also recommend specific home care steps to help your gums heal and prevent further gum disease from occurring. You’ll also need to make a follow-up appointment so that your dentist can check your progress and make sure your gums are healing properly.
If you notice signs of gum disease, do not wait, see a dentist right away. Dr. Zola Makrauer and Dr. Julie Miller of Huntingdon Valley Dental Arts are highly trained and experienced in the treatment of gum disease at all stages. Call for an appointment today.