The team at Magnolia Family Dental Care is dedicated to helping you achieve a healthy smile, no matter the current condition of your teeth and gums. Sometimes, this requires additional procedures such as periodontal scaling and root planing. Periodontal scaling and root planing are considered the primary treatment for gum disease that has progressed past its initial stages.
Although gum disease can be caused by poor dental hygiene, it can also be caused by genetics, hormone changes, aging, medical conditions, and other outside factors. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to loss of teeth and damage to the bone and tissues of the mouth.
Periodontal scaling and root planing are the primary treatment for gum disease. This two-step process is used to remove excess plaque and tartar that surrounds the teeth and gums, causing inflammation and disease. In essence, periodontal scaling and root planing are a deep cleaning service for your teeth and gums, including the area below your gum line.
The first step in this procedure is scaling. During this process, we remove the hard buildup that has accumulated on your teeth or in pockets between your teeth and gums. Once the tartar has been thoroughly removed, we then smooth the roots of your teeth. This process allows your gums to reattach to the tooth, creating a strong seal against bacteria.
It is important to address gum disease aggressively as it can quickly progress if left untouched. If you fail to treat gum disease using periodontal scaling and root planing and it progresses to an advanced stage, it can lead to tooth mobility and, in some cases, tooth loss. If the disease progresses past your dental hygienist’s scope of practice you will be referred to a periodontist for treatment.
Outside of regular dental exams, there are a few common warning signs that you may need a periodontal scaling and root planing. Some of the initial signs of gum disease include the following receding gums, bleeding gums, pockets around the roots of your teeth, consistent bad breath (a sign of bacteria), and puffiness or redness around the gum line.
If you notice any of these warning signs, it is wise to schedule a dental exam with the team at Magnolia Family Dental Care. Early intervention can prevent the need for the involved periodontal scaling and root planing procedure. In some cases, a simple cleaning appointment can reverse the early symptoms of gum disease.
Although great emphasis is put on the condition and care of your teeth, caring for your gums is just as important. Your gums protect the bone and roots of your teeth from infection, disease, and decay. Because of this, it is important to ensure optimal health. Magnolia Family Dental Care specializes in providing expert care for oral health and wellness. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment!
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