How to Tell if Scaling and Root Planing Would Help Your Oral Health
Posted on 10/10/2018 by David Mugford
Scaling and root planing are used on patients that have gum disease to prevent harmful bacteria from destroying the bone and tissue that surrounds their teeth. Scaling is the process of removing plaque and tartar from underneath the gum line, while root planing removes some of the surface of the tooth to make it smoother.
Bacteria attaches itself to teeth and caused plaque that, if left untreated, can cause gingivitis, gum disease and periodontal disease. This will eventually lead to tooth decay or tooth loss.
Can Scaling and Root Planing Damage the Teeth?
If you have ever had scaling or root planing performed on your teeth before, you know that it sounds as if someone is drilling a hole in your mouth. However, our certified hygienists are certified in the use of the tool that performs the procedure and it is safe for the enamel and surface of your teeth.
Why Do Scaling and Root Planing?
The main reason you want to do scaling and root planing is to protect your gums from periodontal disease. Once bacteria get below the gumline, plaque can grow in pockets that only our hygienist can clean. You will get an anesthetic to numb the side of your mouth we will work on and may be numb for a few hours after the procedure is done.
If you have gum disease that is not under control, it can lead to receding gums and even tooth loss. Having healthy gums and teeth after scaling and root planing will improve your oral health, but you must continue to practice good dental hygiene at home and visit us regularly. Our hygienist may recommend you purchase a water flosser for additional benefits and protection of the teeth and gums.