Scaling and Root Planing
Periodontal Treatment in Plano, TX
Gum disease can sneak in, wreaking havoc on your oral health. Because the area under your gums is the perfect hiding place for plaque, tartar, and harmful bacteria, you may not notice the early signs. It’s notoriously difficult to reach below the gumline with a toothbrush and floss alone. Over time, bacteria and debris trapped here can cause gum inflammation and may even progress to severe infections and permanent damage to your gums, teeth, and jawbone.
The best prevention is regularly seeing your dentist for a professional cleaning. But sometimes, gum disease can become an issue despite your best efforts. The answer to gum disease is scaling and root planing.
Scaling and root planing is a periodontal (gum) therapy that provides a “deep clean” beneath your gumline. Not every patient needs scaling and root planing, but if you have deep gingival (gum) pockets, this treatment can help prevent further damage and reverse your gum disease. Tartar and plaque form deep gingival pockets by pulling your gums away from your teeth below the gumline. These pockets must be cleaned so they can heal. Otherwise, bacteria will continue to multiply in the pockets and cause progressive gum disease.
During a scaling and root planing, your hygienist will thoroughly sanitize these pockets and clean debris from the roots of your teeth. You will be kept comfortable with adequate anesthetic throughout the procedure.
Gum disease has both cosmetic and health consequences. For example, gum disease can contribute to gum recession, where your gums “shrink” and the roots of your teeth are exposed, blemishing your smile and putting you at risk for tooth loss and infection. Additionally, chronic inflammtion from perionditis can affect your heart, blood glucose levels, brain, and more.
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