When gum disease advances, scaling and root planing is the best treatment approach. The procedure is among the services available from the dental specialists at RR Dentistry in Georgetown, Texas. If you have questions or concerns about scaling and root planing, call the office to set up a consultation or schedule online at your earliest convenience.
Plaque is a sticky film that builds up on the surface of your teeth. It’s made from a combination of bacteria, saliva, food particles, and fluids. You should be able to remove most plaque with daily brushing and flossing. But when left in place, plaque can harden into a substance called tartar, which is significantly harder to remove.
Scaling is a treatment that manually removes plaque and tartar beneath your gum tissue. Root planing smooths the surface of your tooth roots to make it more difficult for plaque and tartar to take hold and improves the gums' ability to reattach to the root surfaces.
Both are treatments for gum disease, and they are performed during the same visit to minimize disruption to the already inflamed gum tissue.
RR Dentistry offers advanced laser therapy for scaling and root planing. This option effectively eliminates bacteria and treats gum and tooth tissue with minimal pain and bleeding. If laser therapy is not a good fit for your needs, traditional dental tools are used to clean and smooth your tooth roots.
Every effort is made to prevent discomfort during scaling and root planing. If you have advanced gum disease or need scaling and root planing in several areas of your mouth, multiple visits may be needed to complete your treatment.
Many people who have scaling and root planing will experience dramatic reductions in tenderness and bleeding gums after their treatment. If you boost your dental hygiene routine, you may need no additional treatment for gum disease.
The best way to avoid scaling and root planing is by learning how to brush and floss properly. Implementing optimal dental hygiene routines at home can prevent bacteria from damaging your teeth and gums.
Scheduling routine dental exams is also important. These visits allow your dentist to perform a comprehensive examination of your teeth and gums. If there are signs of concern, you can take steps to prevent gum disease from progressing.
Dental exams also include professional teeth cleaning that removes all traces of plaque and bacteria. You’ll leave with a soft, sparkling smile and an incredibly refreshed mouth.
If you have additional questions or concerns about scaling and root planing, call RR Dentistry today to set up a visit. Online scheduling can be done from home, any time of day or night.