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Scaling and Root Planing

Your periodontal (gum) tissues are an important part of your oral health. That is because periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. The bacteria found in plaque and tartar produce acids that eat away at your enamel and produce an infection of the periodontal tissues. This infection can cause the underlying bone and supportive tissues to deteriorate. Eventually, the deterioration will cause the tooth to loosen and fall out. At Colliver Dental Group, we perform a procedure known as scaling and root planing to combat periodontal disease and prevent tooth loss.

When Do You Need a Scaling and Root Planing?

During your routine checkup, Dr. Bill Colliver will check for signs of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is broken down into two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is characterized by red and swollen gums that tend to bleed easily. Luckily, gingivitis is very treatable and easily reversible. Most of the time, improving your oral health care routine and regular cleanings can eliminate gingivitis.

A woman receiving Scaling and Root Planing in Frederick, MDPeriodontitis is much more serious and cannot be reversed. If you suffer from periodontitis, you will also experience swollen and red gums. However, the infection can lead to permanent damage to the underlying bone and connective tissues. When this happens, your gums will pull away from your teeth, causing deep periodontal pockets to form. Plaque and food debris can then get trapped in these pockets and cause further damage.

If we notice signs of periodontitis, we may recommend a scaling and root planing. Symptoms of periodontitis include bad breath, heavy tartar buildup, and unhealthy pocket depths of 4mm or more.

Scaling and Root Planing Procedure

During a scaling and root planing, we will use a local anesthetic to numb the area and minimize discomfort. Next, we will use a device known as an ultrasonic scaler to break up plaque and tartar deposits. An ultrasonic scaler uses water and vibrations to produce microscopic bubbles on the surface of your teeth. The bubbles implode on the teeth to eliminate the plaque and tartar. They also kill the bacteria that lead to periodontal disease.

Once we remove as much plaque and tartar as possible, we will plane the roots. By smoothing out rough areas, we reduce the chances of plaque, tartar, and bacteria from reestablishing on the root. It will also help the gum tissue re-adhere to the tooth to create a healthy, snug fit.

After the Procedure

Scaling and root planing may take more than one appointment to complete. Once the procedure is complete, you may experience some minor discomfort or soreness. We will ask you to schedule a follow-up appointment so that we can check on the healing of your gums and the status of your pockets. In most cases, the procedure will be a success! Your red and swollen gum tissue will become firm and pink again. Your periodontal pockets will also return to a healthy depth. If all goes according to plan, you may not need any further treatment.

If the periodontal disease persists, you may need a surgical procedure known as a gum graft. You may also need a bone graft to restore deteriorated bone. Luckily, a scaling and root planing usually lessens the amount of surgery you may need.

Schedule Your Appointment

If you think you may have periodontal disease, call (301) 662-5914, and schedule your appointment today!
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