Scaling and root planing is a common treatment to control the effects of gum disease. It is much more in-depth than your traditional dental cleaning and can help restore your oral and overall health.
When Is It Necessary?
If we notice any signs of chronic periodontal disease, our dentist may recommend scaling and root planing. This occurs when your gums pull away from your teeth due to the bacteria in plaque. If left untreated, it can cause large pockets to grow between your teeth and gums, allowing more bacteria to grow in areas that regular brushing cannot reach.
Scaling and root planing works to reach those areas and protect you from tooth loss.
What To Expect
Depending on your case, you may need to schedule more than one appointment to see positive results. Anesthesia is available if you are concerned about pain or discomfort during the procedure.
Scaling and root planing involve using special tools to remove plaque from your teeth and root surfaces. Once that is finished, our dental hygienist will use a scaling tool to smooth the roots and help your gums reattach to your teeth.
The benefits of this treatment are as follows:
- Alleviating gum irritation
- Removing plaque and tartar buildup
- Improving oral health
After the Treatment
You may experience tooth sensitivity for up to a week after your scaling and root planing treatment. It is also normal for your gums to be swollen and tender; however, you should still be able to resume normal oral care afterward.
If needed, you can schedule regular periodontal cleanings every three to four months.
Need To Schedule a Scaling and Root Planing Appointment?
If chronic periodontal disease is an issue for you, scaling and root planing at Brighten Dental can help you maintain it. We invite you to give us a call at 270-770-0250 if you have any questions about scaling and root planing in Bowling Green, Kentucky, before you meet with Dr. Chrislyn Fite.