Scaling & Root Planing
Oral hygiene is crucial for maintaining your oral health and preventing the formation of serious oral health conditions. It is recommended that you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. In addition to these daily habits at home, it is also recommended that you have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined every six months. Without proper oral care, you could quickly be left facing serious complications such as gum disease. If gum disease occurs, treatment is needed right away to prevent the condition from worsening. At Sunnyside Dentistry, we can provide treatment for gum disease with scaling and root planing.
What is Gum Disease?Gum disease, also commonly called periodontal disease, is a serious oral health condition. When it starts, however, it is often barely noticeable or completely overlooked. Gum disease begins when plaque and bacteria build up in your mouth. These substances irritate your gum tissue, which then leads to inflammation or swelling. The swelling causes the tissue to pull away from the surfaces of your teeth, leading to the development of periodontal pockets. Bacteria fall into these pockets and begin attacking your periodontal ligaments and your jawbone. Over time, these supporting structures begin to weaken. Your gums begin to recede, and your teeth become loose. Eventually, gum disease can even lead to tooth loss.
Scaling and Root PlaningWhen gum disease develops, it is important to seek treatment immediately. Scaling and root planing is a common treatment for stopping the progression of gum disease and restoring the health of your mouth. This particular treatment is a minimally invasive deep cleaning of your teeth. It involves cleaning all surfaces of your teeth both above and below your gum line. Scaling is the cleaning of the visible surfaces of your teeth. Special attention is paid to the gum line and just below it. We completely scrape the surfaces of your teeth, eliminating plaque, tartar, bacteria, and other debris. Root planing is the cleaning of the root surfaces of your teeth. We remove plaque, bacteria, and other toxins, effectively smoothing the roots. This helps to prevent new build up while allowing your gums to begin healing. We finish by administering an antibacterial rinse, which aids in killing any bacteria that might be lingering below the gum line.
The Benefits of Scaling and Root PlaningScaling and root planing provides several significant benefits. The benefits of this treatment include:
If gum disease develops, treatment is needed immediately. With scaling and root planing, we can help to stop the progression of gum disease and restore the health of your mouth. Call Sunnyside Dentistry today at (503) 451-5104 to schedule your consultation.