Scaling and Root Planing
Maintaining the health of your mouth involves proper care. The American Dental Association recommends twice daily brushing and daily flossing. In addition to your oral care routine at home, it is also important that you have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined at least twice a year. If you are lax in any part of your oral care routine, your risk for developing gum disease increases significantly. If gum disease does occur, Lake Sammamish Family Dentistry can provide treatment with scaling and root planing.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a condition that affects not only your gums, but your teeth, your jawbone, and your whole body. The earliest stages of gum disease, however, do not seem that serious. In fact, most people do not even notice the earliest symptoms. Gum disease begins when a buildup of plaque and bacteria irritate your gums. The irritated tissue becomes inflamed. Without treatment, the inflamed tissue begins to pull away from the surfaces of your teeth. Bacteria then fall below the gum line, where they begin attacking your periodontal ligaments and your jawbone. These structures begin to weaken. Your gums begin to recede, and your teeth become loose. Eventually, the teeth may even fall out.
Scaling and Root Planing for Restoring Your Oral Health
Scaling and root planing is a common treatment for gum disease. This treatment is a deep cleaning for your teeth. It is designed to eliminate all buildup from the surfaces of your teeth, both above the gum line and below it. The procedure is minimally invasive, although it is performed under a local anesthetic. Your gums may be tender as a result of the irritation and inflammation. Scaling is the cleaning of the visible surfaces of your teeth, including around and just below the gum line. Using a specialized scaler, we scrape all buildup from your teeth. This includes plaque, bacteria, debris and even tartar, or calcified plaque. Tartar cannot be removed with regular brushing, no matter how often you clean your teeth. After we have scraped the visible surfaces of your teeth, we then move on to root planing. Root planing is the cleaning of the root surfaces of your teeth. With small, specialized tools, we eliminate plaque, bacteria, and other toxins, smoothing the surface of your roots. This not only cleans your tooth roots but also makes it more difficult for new bacteria to accumulate. After your teeth have been cleaned, an antibacterial rinse is administered to eliminate any bacteria that might be left over.
Scaling and Root Planing Benefits
There are several benefits that come with scaling and root planing. These benefits include:
If gum disease has impacted the health of your mouth, treatment is needed right away. Call Lake Sammamish Family Dentistry today at (425) 270-1075 to schedule your consultation and find out if scaling and root planing is right for you.