Scaling and Root Planing
Periodontal disease is a commonly occurring condition that is present in a large number of American adults. Fortunately, this condition is easily treated with non-surgical interventions, such as scaling and root planing, when it is detected early. That is one of many reasons why it is important to receive regular dental exams and professional cleanings.
If you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease or are overdue for a dental exam, our great team at Advanced Dental Specialty Group can help. We can conduct a cleaning, oral exam, and check you for symptoms of gum disease in one easy visit. Our professionals can even complete your first scaling and root planing session during this visit if you need it.
What Is Scaling?
Scaling is a non-surgical procedure utilized to treat gum disease and the buildup of tartar. When you eat or drink, food debris combines with bacteria in your mouth and forms plaque. This plaque is removed during brushing and flossing. When this plaque is allowed to accumulate, it forms into tartar.
Tartar is a hard material that deposits on your teeth and gums. Tartar cannot be removed with regular brushing and must be removed by our professionals by the use of scaling. Scaling is completed through the use of a small metal hand tool. During this painless procedure, our team simply scrapes these deposits off of your teeth.
What Is Root Planing?
Root planing is utilized in conjunction with scaling. During your visit, our team will clean and examine your teeth. After they complete the preliminary cleaning, they will scale the tartar off of your teeth. Root planing is the last step in the non-surgical gum disease treatment procedure.
Root planing involves smoothing the roots of your affected teeth with the same hand tool used for scaling. The goal of root planing is to ensure that there is no debris between your gums and the roots of your teeth. By removing these obstructions, our team is allowing your gums to heal and recover from the effects of gum disease.
How Often Are These Procedures Needed?
Scaling and root planing are completed during routine dental exams, which are generally recommended in six-month intervals. However, our team may recommend that you increase the frequency of your dental exams if you are diagnosed with gum disease. They may increase your exams to every three months so that they can check the progress of your healing and complete scaling more frequently.
More frequent exams are needed to ensure that no additional tartar has developed between your teeth and gums. If tartar rebuilds in these areas, it can slow your healing progress and worsen the symptoms of gum disease. Our team will likely recommend these more frequent visits for at least one year, or until your gums have completely healed and your symptoms are gone.
If you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease, prompt treatment will increase the success of non-surgical interventions and save you time and money. Our team at Advanced Dental Specialty Group can get you started on the path to better oral health and help you beat gum disease. You can schedule your appointment by calling our office at 385 381-6464.