Scaling and root planing are common dental procedures that your dentist at Splendid Dental Atascocita will perform to eliminate tartar and plaque buildup. Scaling and root planing are part of deep dental cleaning. They are non-surgical but considered preventative since they can help you avoid the need for critical dental procedures like a root canal or periodontal surgery.
About Scaling and Root Planing
Root planing and scaling work to stop gum disease from advancing. It is an effective periodontal treatment that prevents periodontal disease from progressing to the point of you having to deal with serious health conditions. Plaque forms when sugars merge with the bacteria in your mouth and remain attached to the surface of your teeth. If plaque remains on your teeth for too long due to a lack of brushing, flossing, or preventative cleanings at the dentist, then cavities are likely to develop. Not brushing and failing to floss can result in major gum problems. With time, the gums may become irritated and red. They might bleed easily, especially when flossing. This is the start of gum disease.
The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis, and it’s one that you can easily reverse by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly. Not only is gum disease a painful condition, but it is also a silent killer of teeth and gums. Often, people are unaware that they have a gum problem until their gum disease becomes severe. People who put off brushing, flossing, and professional dental care will see a progression in their gum disease. It can reach a point where your teeth fall out because your gums become mushy, and they cannot keep your teeth in place. People who reach this phase of gum disease have few options for correcting their smiles, which is why we recommend being open to root planing and scaling. This treatment can help you keep your teeth.
What Happens During Your Planing and Scaling Appointment
During a root planing and scaling appointment, you’ll receive local anesthesia to make the treatment more comfortable. Root planing involves using specialized instruments that help us remove the tartar and plaque from the roots of a tooth and the surrounding gum pockets. While root planing and scaling isn’t a lot different than a typical dental cleaning, your dentist will be working more intensely on your gums to get rid of the plaque in your gum area that’s causing the irritation. We’ll use an ultrasonic scaling device that emits sonic vibrations while we scrape away the attached plaque and tartar to complete this treatment. We’ll also take it below the visible gum surface to smooth out the gum tissue and get rid of any plaque that might be lingering just below the surface. Following the procedure, you’ll enjoy better overall oral health.
Get General Dentistry Services Now at Splendid Dental Atascocita
In addition to scaling and root planing services, at Splendid Dental Atascocita, you can also get other services such as:
- Fluoride treatments
- Crowns and bridges
At Splendid Dental Atascocita, we provide specialty care ranging from pediatric dentistry to the expertise of a maxillofacial surgeon. We also offer cosmetic dentistry services like veneers, teeth whitening, and implants. At Splendid Dental Atascocita, periodontal treatment is available including scaling and root planing. Contact Splendid Dental Atascocita at 713-244-7790 to learn more or to make an appointment today.