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Deep Cleanings

Thorough cleaning to remove plaque and tartar from below the gum line, helping to treat and prevent periodontal disease.

Introduction to Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing, often referred to as deep cleaning, is a non-surgical procedure used to treat gum disease. It involves the thorough cleaning of the tooth root surfaces to remove plaque and tartar from deep periodontal pockets and to smooth the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins. This treatment is crucial for restoring gum health and preventing the progression of gum disease.

Benefits of Scaling and Root Planing

  • Improves Gum Health: Removes plaque and tartar buildup that contribute to periodontal disease.
  • Reduces Inflammation: Helps reduce gum inflammation and bleeding, promoting healing of the gum tissue.
  • Prevents Tooth Loss: By treating the infection, scaling and root planing can help prevent tooth loss associated with advancing gum disease.
  • Decreases Bad Breath: Removes bacteria that cause bad breath and improves overall oral hygiene.

When is Scaling and Root Planing Needed?

Scaling and root planing is recommended when there are signs of gum disease, such as:

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Gums that bleed easily during brushing or flossing
  • Gums pulling away from the teeth, creating pockets
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth

What to Expect During Scaling and Root Planing

The procedure usually requires one or more visits and is performed under local anesthesia. Here’s what happens:

  1. Scaling: This involves scraping off the tartar from above and below the gum line.
  2. Root Planing: Smoothing out your teeth roots to help your gums reattach to your teeth.
  3. Medication: Antibiotics or antimicrobial agents may be applied in the gum pockets to promote healing and clear up infection.

Aftercare for Scaling and Root Planing

After the procedure, you may experience some sensitivity or discomfort around the gums. It is important to follow these care tips:

  • Avoid certain foods: Steer clear of hard or spicy foods that might irritate your gums.
  • Good oral hygiene: Continue brushing and flossing gently but thoroughly, and consider using a mouthwash to help reduce any bacteria regrowth.
  • Follow-up visits: Return for check-ups and possibly additional cleanings as recommended by your dentist to ensure your gums heal properly and the gum disease does not progress.

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If you are experiencing signs of gum disease, don’t wait for it to get worse. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for scaling and root planing. Our skilled dental team is ready to help you restore your oral health and keep your smile healthy and bright.

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