Scaling & Root Planing

Gingivitis is a dangerous disease that can go unchecked and cause high levels of deterioration in your teeth and gums.  Simply hearing the word gingivitis is enough to make some feel uneasy.  What many do not know is that treating gingivitis is not difficult and can be done at your dentist’s office.

Tarter and plaque form on your teeth, which creates an environment that permits bacteria to flourish and proliferate.  This bacteria attacks the gums causing them to bleed and become inflamed.  Things become more evident as you eat certain foods or brush your teeth.  These are all early warnings that you may have gingivitis.  The good news is gingivitis is very treatable and is as simple as having a hygienist polish and scale your teeth.  Should gingivitis progress further without treatment, it is possible your roots will need planing.  There is a difference between scaling and root planing.  Scaling removes the dental tartar from the surface of the teeth.  Root planing smooths the root surfaces and removes the diseased tooth structure.

Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure.  It is common for there to be no need for anesthesia.  Though the procedure is typically pain free, should the gingivitis be in an advanced state, it may be necessary to numb the area to alleviate any discomfort.  In these cases, root planing may be done in two separate visits.  This will give your mouth the time it needs to heal properly and cut down on the time needed for each appointment.

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