Scaling is a treatment process to remove damaging plaque and calculus from the enamel surface of your teeth. Root planing is continuing that process deeper to smooth the roots.
Scaling is a treatment process to remove damaging plaque and calculus from the enamel surface of your teeth. Root planing is continuing that process deeper to smooth the roots. By smoothing the root, the healing process will be accelerated and the possibility of any additional bacteria developing will be significantly reduced.
Scaling and root planing is a common procedure if you have periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is the inflammation of the gums resulting from the bacteria present in the plaque. If left untreated gum disease can result in the deterioration of your jawbone and eventual loss of teeth.
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The Deep Teeth Cleaning or Scaling and Root Planing Procedure
If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, we will schedule a deep cleaning which is a scaling and root planing procedure. During this procedure, plaque and calculus will be removed which will allow for the gums to heal and the swollen pockets that have developed to shrink.
The scaling procedure will be done with either a hand-held scaling tool or an ultrasonic device. A local anesthetic will be administered if deemed beneficial for the procedure. We then methodically remove the damaging plaque and calculus.
Root Planing refers to this same treatment now directed at the roots. By smoothing the root, it will dramatically enhance the healing of the infected gums.
Scaling and root planing can be a beneficial option if you are looking for a long-term solution for improving the health of your smile.
The Benefits of Scaling and Root Planing
In addition to improving your smile, a deep dental cleaning will also improve your overall health. Benefits might include the following:
- It can help prevent gum disease: Gum disease is the inflammation of your gums caused by a build-up of plaque on your teeth. Common symptoms for gum disease are bleeding, swollen or a darker color.
- Preventing cavities: The acid in the plaque that is not removed on your teeth will begin to eat away at the enamel. Plaque is the leading cause of tooth decay, and cavities that are left untreated can cause rot and significantly increase the likelihood of a tooth extraction.
- Reducing the likelihood of a heart attack or a stroke: The bacteria that collects in your mouth due to gum disease can enter your bloodstream and increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
- Reduces risk of Diabetes: There is a direct correlation between gum disease and diabetes. If you have diabetes you are more vulnerable to developing gum disease, and if you have gum disease you are more likely to have issues regulating blood glucose levels, which can result in developing diabetes.
Prevents Halitosis: If you are suffering from gum disease or other oral health issues you can commonly develop issues related to bad breath. One of the benefits to having a deep cleaning is the elimination of this issue.
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Proper Oral Hygiene Will Improve the Longevity of Your Scaling and Root Planing
To enjoy the benefits of your scaling and root planing procedure, make sure to practice the following good oral hygiene habits every day.
- Brush twice a day, two minutes each time, and practice proper brushing technique. In addition to brushing regularly, it is also important to brush effectively.
- Floss once a day. If you are someone who does not care to floss, you may want to consider flossing alternatives, such as an interdental brush or a floss pick.
- Be mindful of your diet. One of the easiest ways to prevent dental issues from even developing is to avoid foods that are sugary or high in starch. If you do enjoy a soda or a sugary beverage, consider using a straw to limit the exposure of sugar to your teeth. It is also beneficial to swish your mouth with water following meals.
- Schedule regular, preventative, dental exams. By overlooking dental issues, it can result in the progression and acceleration of additional issues and decay, which is why it is so important to visit Vita Dental every six months. By providing a deep clean for your teeth and diagnosing potential issues before they progress, these regular checkups are critical to maintaining your oral health.
The Three Stages of Gum Disease
Periodontal disease is a progressive issue that will gradually increase in severity. Most patients who develop periodontal disease do so in the following order:
- Gingivitis: The earliest stage of periodontitis, gingivitis usually develops from bacterial plaque that builds up along the gums. The symptoms of gingivitis are sensitive gums that are red, puffy, and bleed easily. Gingivitis can be stymied and reversed with a proper cleaning and improving your oral health care, but if it is not addressed quickly, it can develop into a more severe form of periodontitis.
- Early Periodontitis: The second stage, early periodontitis is caused by the continued build-up of bacterial plaque and progresses when gingivitis is left untreated. The symptoms are the same, just more severe. Your gums will feel painful and more sensitive and brushing and flossing can result in excessive bleeding. Now deep cleaning will be imperative to stop this stage.
- Advanced Periodontitis: When the bacteria, plaque, and toxins have grown to the extreme that your gum tissue is being destroyed, you have now developed advanced periodontitis. If you have progressed to this point you have developed small pockets between your gums and your teeth, which now act as breeding grounds for additional bacteria to grow. The additional bacteria cause these pockets to expand which cause the gums to recede. If left untreated long enough, this recession can result in bone loss.
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Our team is quite confident that you will love our comprehensive, empathetic clinic. Your team members at Vita Dental are your neighbors and your friends. We are both dedicated and committed to providing you with exceptional dental care in a high-quality, relaxing environment. Give us a call today at 317-288-4226 with any questions regarding your benefits of a deep teeth cleaning and possibly a scaling and root planing treatment, or any concerns you might have.
Vita Dental is a modern dental practice serving Fishers, Indiana, and the surrounding communities. You can find Vita Dental at 11630 Olio Rd, #100, Fishers, IN 46037.