Scaling and root planing is necessary to treat gum disease. Deep cleaning can minimize infection and promote healing.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing, also referred to as periodontal therapy or deep cleaning, is a procedure that involves the removal of dental plaque and calculus with scaling, and then smoothing, or planing, of the surfaces of the roots, removing more damaging calculus and toxins. Scaling and root planing is necessary to treat gum disease. Deep cleaning can minimize infection and promote healing. The process is more extensive than an ordinary teeth cleaning.
The entire team at Missouri River Dental is committed to providing a patient experience unlike any other. The foundation of that philosophy is our personable and professional staff. We collectively strive to blend technology, art, and healthcare for each patient. Our goal is to provide you with an individualized patient experience unlike any other you have had at a dental office. We strive to create a positive and comfortable atmosphere for our patients while still meeting their dental needs, wishes, and exceeding expectations. Call us today at 701-751-7177 or enter your request online to schedule an appointment for your evaluation regarding the benefits of a scaling and root planing procedure for you. You can conveniently find Missouri River Dental at 1600 Uptown Lane, Bismarck, ND, 58503.
Deep cleaning will control the infection and promote healing. Preventing infection and inflammation anywhere in your body, including your gums, is important to heart health. Scaling and root planing will be beneficial if you are seeking a long-term solution for improving the health and the visual appearance of your smile.
Benefits Of Scaling and Root Planing
In addition to restoring your healthy smile, scaling and root planing will also improve your overall health. Benefits of deep cleanings include the following:
- Preventing Gum Disease: Gum disease is the inflammation of the gums caused by plaque around your teeth and under your gums. Common symptoms for gum disease are swelling and bleeding when brushing your teeth. To prevent gum disease, it is essential to keep plaque and tartar off your teeth.
- Preventing Cavities: Plaque that collects on your teeth will erode the enamel. Plaque is the primary cause of decay, and cavities that are left untreated may result in a root canal or tooth extraction. Scheduling a scaling and root planing treatment to remove this damaging plaque is one of the best ways you can preserve good oral health.
- Reduces risk of Diabetes: There is a direct correlation between diabetes and gum disease. If you have diabetes, you are more vulnerable to gum disease, and if you have gum disease you are likely to have issues regulating your blood glucose levels, which can result in you developing diabetes. By scheduling regular scaling and root planing treatments, you can reduce the risk of these issues.
- Prevents Halitosis: If you have gum disease you may also have bad breath. One of the benefits of scaling and root planing is the elimination of this problem.
- Reduce the Likelihood of a Stroke or Heart Attack: In addition to causing damage to your teeth and gums, the bacteria from gum disease can also enter your bloodstream and increase the risk of having a stroke or a heart attack. Research has proven that if you have gum disease you are almost twice as likely to suffer from a heart attack and are also at a higher risk of having a stroke.
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The Levels of Gum Disease
Periodontal disease is a progressive disease that gradually increases in severity. If you develop periodontal disease, it will be in this order:
- Gingivitis: The earliest stage of periodontitis, gingivitis develops from bacterial plaque that builds up next to the gums. Gingivitis is evident by sensitive gums that are red, puffy, and bleed easily. Gingivitis can be quickly reversed with scaling and root planing and improved oral health care.
- Early Periodontitis: Early periodontitis, the second stage, is the result of the continued build-up of plaque and evolves when gingivitis is left untreated. Early periodontitis has the same symptoms as gingivitis, just more severe. The gums will become painful and more sensitive, and brushing can result in excessive bleeding. Unlike gingivitis, which can be treated with scaling and root planing and improved self-care practices, early periodontitis will require more intensive interventions.
- Advanced Periodontitis: When the bacteria, plaque, and toxins have developed to the point that gum tissue is being destroyed, you have entered the third stage, advanced periodontitis. If you have gotten to this point you now have small pockets between your gums and teeth, which act as breeding grounds for yet more bacteria. Because of the additional bacteria, these pockets expand resulting in gum recession. If left untreated this will result in bone loss.
Procedure for Scaling & Root Planing
Scaling and root planing can be done at Missouri River Dental after an evaluation identifies the problem. You might need more than one appointment for the treatment depending on the severity of your condition. We may or may not suggest a local anesthetic for your procedure. If you are anxious or concerned about any discomfort, discuss this with us at your evaluation.
We will begin with the scaling. This includes using a hand-held scaler and scraping the plaque from your teeth below the surface of your gums and in any large pockets between your teeth and gums.
Next, we will do the root planing if deemed necessary. We will smooth the tooth roots using a scaling tool. This smoothing removes the source of the infection, helps your gums reattach to the teeth, and promotes healing.
Missouri River Dental may also recommend additional treatment based on the overall health of your teeth and gums. We might use an antimicrobial agent in your mouth or prescribe antibiotics for several days to help you heal faster.
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Missouri River Dental provides you with a clean, comfortable, and modern feel. Our team goal is to provide you with the best possible care utilizing the most current dental technologies and services. The entire team at Missouri River Dental focuses on providing comprehensive, quality oral health care that is always centered on you, our patient. We appreciate the value of your time. That is why we are flexible with our hours of operation; open early, open late, and open Saturdays. Call us now at 701-751-7177 or make your appointment online for your personal evaluation and consultation regarding the benefits of a scaling and root planing procedure for you. Our office is located at 1600 Uptown Lane, Bismarck, ND, 58503.