If your teeth have started to appear longer or you are suffering from persistent bad breath, you may be suffering from periodontal disease, otherwise known as gum disease. Gum disease is the most common cause of gum recession and a variety of factors can contribute to its development. Things like your genetic makeup, tobacco use, diabetes and other illnesses as well as poor oral hygiene can all result in gum disease.
Additionally, habits such as a poor brushing technique or consistent teeth grinding can rub and irritate the gums, eventually wearing gum tissue away over time and leaving them prone to oral bacterial infections. Luckily, there are treatment options available to help fight the underlying bacterial infection and periodontal disease to prevent further gum loss, all to get you back to a happier, healthier smile.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing are a more in-depth, thorough cleaning treatment recommended for patients who may be suffering from periodontal disease. Also known as gum disease, this type of gum infection is caused by bacteria and plaque forming on your teeth over time and causing inflammation. While serious, periodontal disease is treatable. However, it can lead to bone or tooth loss if not treated quickly.
When your gums become inflamed, bacteria hides in pockets that trigger the gums to push away from the teeth. Once these layers or pockets have been formed, it is nearly impossible to clean them with just brushing alone. This is where scaling and root planing becomes necessary. During the scaling portion of this conventional periodontal therapy, our team will use a scaling tool to remove any plaque, bacteria, and tartar around the affected tooth and below the gumline all the way to the bottom of the infected pocket.
After the scaling is complete, we will move onto root planing. The root planing technique is used to smooth out the tooth’s root and ultimately remove the pocket caused by bacteria. When the root has been effectively smoothed, the gums can be reattached and have a greater chance of fully healing.
Some patients report mild discomfort during the procedure and increased sensitivity after the treatment is complete, but with a personalized treatment plan, we can help manage any discomfort and pain. Moving forward, practicing good oral hygiene is paramount for making sure that periodontal disease doesn’t become worse after seeking initial treatment at our office.
For more information on periodontal disease treatment and management or to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us today at (561) 575-2868.