Scaling and root planning is not nearly as frightening or confusing as it sounds. Basically it’s a deep dental cleaning treatment or solution for periodontal gum disease for when gums start to pull away from the teeth or when the roots have tarter on them. This procedure along with proper dental hygiene, typically eliminates gum disease.
Some adults with periodontal disease are unaware that they are affected by it. It’s a slow, painless, progressing disease if left untreated. It’s caused by bacteria accumulating under and at the gum line. Over time people with this disease may experience irritation and red, swollen and tender gums. Dentists in Cambridge can quickly and easily diagnose gum disease and can get you on the road to recovery.
Scaling and root planning is cleaning the plaque and tarter trapped between the gums and teeth, all the way down to the roots. Prior to the procedure, a local anesthetic may be given to numb the gums and teeth. The procedure can be completed by a dentist, a dental hygienist or a periodontist.
An ultrasonic tool or scraping tool to clean the teeth and gums. During the procedure antibiotic fibers may be placed into pockets between teeth and gums. This speeds up the healing process and prevents infection. One week after the procedure the fibers are removed.
Your Cambridge dentist can give you a clean, healthy mouth without surgery.
Call us today if you have any questions regarding scaling and root planning.