If you have ever had a periodontal infection, your dentist
may have recommended scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing is like
a deep cleaning, and can effectively eradicate bacteria in the early stages of
periodontal disease. Bacteria and plaque are cleared away and the tooth surface
is smoothed, restoring the damage caused by
gum disease in Leesburg, VA
What is Scaling and
When you have a routine cleaning, your hygienist removes
plaque and tartar from your teeth. Your dental professional will also polish
your teeth in order to smooth them and remove any stains. Scaling and root planing
is performed in a similar manner with a few key differences:
- Anesthetic is often used, as tissue may be tender when you
have swollen, bleeding gums.
- Plaque and tartar are removed not only from the visible
tooth surface, but also from below the gum line.
- Tooth roots are smoothed to correct the rough areas created
Advantages of Scaling and Root Planing
- This procedure is non-surgical and in some cases, may be the
only treatment necessary.
- After the bacteria and plaque are removed, your gum
tenderness and chronic inflammation will be alleviated.
- Your breath will be fresher without an active infection in
- The wide periodontal pockets caused by the infection will
heal and reattach to the teeth. This allows your gum tissue to fit snugly
around your tooth and provide it with a barrier to decay.
- Effectively treats gum
disease in Leesburg, VA.
Once you have had treatment for periodontal disease, even
when it is a non-surgical treatment like scaling and root planing, your dentist
will recommend periodontal maintenance visits. They are typically performed on
a three to four month basis, a more frequent schedule than routine cleanings,
but are highly effective at protecting your smile from the bleeding gums and bone loss of gum disease.
For more information about periodontal disease and available
treatments, contact our office today. Dr. Jean-Claude Kharmouche would be happy
to discuss your concerns with you in a one-on-one consultation.
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