Scaling and Root Planing
Many people have gum (periodontal) disease without realizing it. This is because any pain associated with the disease occurs in the very late stages when the disease process is too progressed to make any significant strides toward wellness. Periodontal disease occurs because of bacterial growth in the mouth due to poor oral hygiene or habits such as smoking. If not properly addressed, it can lead to tooth loss due to the damage of the tissue/bone surrounding the teeth.
Legacy Dental Health offers periodontal therapy to treat the disease and restore the hard and soft tissue health. Our primary treatment involves scaling and root planing, which is one of the most effective ways to treat gum disease in its early stages.
Why Is Scaling And Root Planing Necessary?
The presence of certain types of bacteria is one of the major causes of periodontal disease. Bacteria is attracted to plaque and calculus. Plaque and calculus must be removed from the tooth surface in order to stop the progression of the disease. When periodontal disease is more advanced, intensive treatment may required, such as surgery, after scaling and root planing.
Is It Painful?
For some patients, scaling and root planing can cause discomfort. But you need not worry. We will apply a local anesthetic to numb the portion of your mouth that we will work on and you will feel very little to no discomfort.
What Should I Expect?
Typically, scaling and root planing can be completed in two appointments, with half of the mouth being worked on at each appointment. After the procedure, it’s possible that you may experience minimal discomfort due to tissue manipulation.
Contact Us Today
Treatment of periodontal disease doesn’t stop after you leave the dentist. Eradication of the disease involves diligent home care by the patient and consistent maintenance appointments to the dentist – typically every 3-4 months. Your home care routine should include brushing twice daily (preferably with a Sonicare toothbrush) and flossing once daily. If you have concerns about your periodontal condition, please call and make an appointment with us today.