Scaling and root planing is a standard non-surgical treatment for gum disease that involves removing plaque and tartar from below the gum line. At Dental Specialists & Implant Center at The Woodlands, the dentist may use a combination of hand tools or an ultrasonic scaling tool to remove these substances from the pockets of the gums. These cleanings allow the gum tissue to heal and repair itself, reducing bleeding and inflammation and preventing further damage.
Scaling and root planing may be performed in one or more visits depending on the severity of the case. While this procedure is considered safe and effective for treating inflammation in the gums, it should be followed by daily brushing and flossing at home to maintain results. Patients may also use mouthwashes and rinses to help keep the oral cavity clean and free of bacteria.
Who Would Need Scaling and Root Planing?
Patients who have gum disease may need candidates for scaling and root planing. This treatment cleans the teeth below the gum line, removing calculus and plaque buildup that can cause gum disease. Scaling and root planing are often completed after patients have undergone periodontal therapy, such as deep cleaning or gum surgery. Scaling and root planing may also be performed as a stand-alone treatment for patients with periodontal disease problems who have not undergone any other procedures.
The Benefits of Scaling and Root Planing
The bacteria that cause the infections can irritate your gums so severely that your gums pull away from your teeth, leaving them in a vulnerable position. This can lead to tooth loss or decay if left untreated. Thankfully, scaling and root planing can treat your gum disease before it gets to this point. As we mentioned, your dentist will use special tools to scrape away plaque, tartar, and other bacterial buildups on your teeth. This will remove the source of the irritation and help restore the health and function of your mouth. Your dentist may also use antibiotics to help clear out any remaining bacteria. This way, you won’t have more bacteria in your mouth to cause additional problems. Clearing up the infection in your gums can protect your tooth roots from harm and stop the disease from spreading further. This can help you avoid the need for more invasive procedures in the future. That said, maintaining good oral hygiene after scaling and root planing procedure is essential to prevent decay or infection in your gums.
Contact Dental Specialists & Implant Center in The Woodlands at 3117 College Park Dr #230, The Woodlands, TX, or call (936) 231-8937 to learn more about the benefits of scaling and root planing procedures.