Have you given up on flossing due to painful, bleeding gums? Do you notice that your teeth seem looser than before? If so, you may have gum disease. Gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss if left untreated, can be a serious condition. However, there is a very effective way to reverse gum disease and keep it from progressing.
What is scaling and root planing?
Scaling and root planing is considered to be the best way to treat gum disease, such as gingivitis or periodontitis. The procedure cleans underneath and between the gums, and cleans the teeth from the base to the root. After the area to be cleaned is numbed, an ultrasonic tool is used in conjunction with manual scraping tools to knock away plaque and tartar that has built up in these hard-to-reach areas. The procedure usually takes place over the course of several appointments, as the teeth and gums are normally cleaned one quadrant at a time.
When are these procedures needed?
Common symptoms of gum disease are tender or bleeding gums, excessive pain or bleeding while brushing or flossing, bad breath with seemingly no cause, loosened teeth, receding gums or pain while chewing. Gum disease is caused by the bacteria in tartar and plaque building up on the teeth and infecting the gums. Scaling and root planing are needed to knock away that plaque and tartar and clear out the bacteria, leaving your teeth and gums free of infection.
It is important to commit seriously to a good dental hygiene routine after a scaling and root planing procedure by brushing and flossing twice daily and scheduling biannual dental appointments for regular examinations and cleanings. If the plaque and tartar on and between the teeth is not knocked away regularly, it can harden and infect the gums, allowing bacteria to build up, and start the whole gum disease process over.
The best way to determine if you are a candidate for periodontal treatment is to consult with your dentist at a biannual dental examination. Dr. Joseph DuRoss, D.D.S. in Long Beach, CA is committed to outstanding, friendly and professional dental care for all of his patients. Call 562-424-8537 to schedule your appointment today!