Scaling and root planing is an important part of treating gum disease. This type of cleaning goes beyond the typical annual maintenance to prevent further problems. Scaling and root planing can be an effective way to treat gum disease.
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure that deep cleans the teeth above and below the gums. This deep cleaning procedure uses a local anesthetic to lessen any discomfort while plaque and calculus/tartar is removed deep in the gum pockets. Scaling consists of scraping away hardened calculus/tartar on the surface of the teeth. Root planing is the smoothening of the roots after removing plaque and calculus from the teeth to allow the gums to properly adhere to the teeth.
After an evaluation with Dr. Kim in which he has established that gum disease is present, he will have you come in for an in-depth cleaning. This in-depth cleaning will go below the gums, to extensively remove the calculus/tartar. Since this cleaning goes deep into the gums, he will administer a dental block or numbing agent to keep you as comfortable as possible. Once the scaling and root planing is complete, you may have some sensitivity for a few days post procedure.
To prevent the possibility of infection to your sensitive gums, Dr. Kim may recommend that you use a special mouth rinse or medication. He will then have you scheduled for a follow-up appointment to check on the progress of your gum’s health.
If your gums are showing signs of gum disease, contact Healthy Living Dentistry today to schedule an appointment. Early detection and proper home care are the easiest and most effective treatments for gum disease.