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 Root Planing?

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 by bacteria. 

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 your mouth. 
  • 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.