Scaling and Root Planing
Periodontal disease is a common ailment that affects roughly half of Americans over the age of 30, according to the CDC. This disease worsens over time but can be treated with non-surgical procedures if it is diagnosed early. Non-surgical procedures are not very costly and require no recovery time.
Our team at Bruce Gopin, DDS, MS strives to provide you with the best treatment options available to restore your smile and combat the effects of periodontal disease. One way in which they accomplish this is through the use of non-invasive procedures such as scaling and root planing. These procedures can be done during a normal dental exam and cleaning in order to treat gum disease.
What Is Scaling?
During your dental exam and cleaning, our team will inspect your teeth and gums. They will check for the presence of plaque and tartar. Tartar is a hardened substance that will build-up on your teeth if plaque is not removed with regular brushing and flossing. Once plaque hardens into tartar, it cannot be removed with regular brushing and flossing.
This is where scaling comes into the fold. If our professional observes a build-up of tartar on your teeth, they will utilize a metal handheld tool to remove it. This is done by scraping the tartar off of each tooth individually. The scaling process is relatively quick and can be completed in a single visit.
Scaling is generally painless because it simply involves scraping tartar off of the surface of your teeth. However, if you experience any discomfort or sensitivity during this process, our team will make accommodations to ensure you are comfortable during your visit. By removing tartar from your teeth and gumline, our team can limit the growth of bacteria that causes gum disease.
What Is Root Planing?
Root planing is another non-surgical procedure that is generally done in conjunction with scaling. After our team completes the cleaning and scaling of your teeth, root planing can be completed. During root planing, our professional will utilize the same handheld tool to smooth the root of your affected teeth below the gumline. This allows your gums and roots to heal and reattach.
How Effective Are Non-Surgical Treatments?
Scaling and root planing are very effective in treating early periodontal disease. However, advanced periodontal disease may require the use of surgical treatments in conjunction with these procedures. It is important to receive prompt treatment of your gum disease to avoid needing surgical intervention.
Scaling and root planing will be completed in a single visit, but you may need to receive the treatment several times for it to be most effective. This is because plaque can continue to accumulate while your gums and roots are healing. In order to overcome this occurrence, our team may recommend that you receive cleanings, scaling, and root planing at more frequent intervals until your mouth heals.
Scaling and root planing are non-invasive procedures with a high success rate as long as treatment is started before gum disease has advanced to its later stages. It is important that you come to see our team at Bruce Gopin, DDS, MS if you start experiencing symptoms of gum disease to save you time and money. You can reach us by calling our office at 915-213-3455.