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If you have recently visited a periodontist for treatment for gum disease, then it’s highly likely you will have been advised to have a treatment called scaling and root planing procedure. This is nothing to be concerned about as scaling and root planing is a nonsurgical treatment that can be highly effective in helping to treat and manage periodontal disease (gum disease). This procedure may be suggested as a stand-alone procedure or as part of an ongoing periodontal maintenance plan.

What Will Happen During Scaling and Root Planing Procedure?

Scaling and root planing is a treatment that is suggested when your gum disease is more advanced and where your gums have already begun to pull away from your teeth. The problem with this is it allows pockets to begin forming in between your teeth in your gums which will soon collect bacteria. Additionally, as your gums recede they can begin to expose your tooth roots (Learn more: Receding Gums Treatment). With scaling and root planing procedure, your teeth and any exposed tooth roots will all be professionally cleaned. This type of professional cleaning is more extensive than a normal scale and polish that only cleans your teeth.

Plaque and Tartar Buildup on Teeth

During treatment our periodontists at D&D Periodontal Associates, www.ddperio.com will use special hand tools to carefully remove hardened plaque from your teeth and tooth roots. Hardened plaque is called tartar and it is a real problem because tartar releases toxins that will infect and inflame your gums. By removing tartar, we can give your gums are much better chance to heal and as they do so they should begin to fit more tightly around your teeth. Once your teeth and tooth roots have been scaled or cleaned, we carry out a treatment called root planing procedure which smooths the exposed tooth roots. These surfaces can become rougher due to the presence of bacteria and by creating a smoother surface we will make it harder for bacteria to stick to your tooth roots in the future. Once your teeth and tooth roots are beautifully clean, then we may decide to place antibiotics into any deeper pockets around your teeth. These can be slow-release antibiotics that are extremely effective in helping to control any extensive infection.

Maintaining the Effects of Scaling and Root Planing

After root planing procedure is complete then we can give you lots of advice and instructions on how to keep your teeth and gums clean. Good oral hygiene instructions is essential for maintaining the benefits of treatment and it is important to persevere with brushing and flossing even if your gums feel slightly tender for the first few days after treatment. As they begin to heal you should soon see the benefits of this treatment as your gums become stronger and healthier and they should bleed less frequently.

It’s likely that we will need to see you for a follow-up appointment to assess the effectiveness of this treatment and to decide on the next stage of your treatment plan. It is extremely important that you attend these follow-up appointments as periodontal disease is a very serious condition that if left untreated could result in tooth loss. You can rest assured that this is something we do not want to happen and we will work closely with you to help you gain and maintain the very best level of gum health with scaling and root planing procedure.