Plaque is the primary cause behind gum disease. This is a sticky bacterial film that gets formed on the teeth. In the absence of proper cleaning, the bacteria present in plaque could cause inflammation in the gums. This inflammation may end up affecting the bone surrounding and supporting your teeth. Gum disease typically progresses from gingivitis to advanced periodontitis.
Scaling & Root Planing
The scaling and root planing procedure is actually a deep-cleaning treatment, performed beneath the gum line and helps in restoring gums to a healthy state.
What happens during the Scaling and Root Planing procedure?
The professionals at All Dental Tampa have helped many patients fight gum disease by performing a scaling and root planing treatment. This deep-cleaning procedure comprises two distinct parts. In the first part i.e. scaling, all the tartar and plaque is removed from above and underneath the gum line. Dental scaling is usually done with the help of a combination of mechanical hand instruments or ultrasonic instruments. The procedure begins with a thorough assessment of the patient’s mouth. After the exam, the dentist will likely use an ultrasonic device for eliminating the bacteria using sonic vibrations.
What happens during root planing
The next part is root planing, wherein the dentist smooths out the teeth roots so that the gums can get reattached to the teeth. The complete procedure might require more than a single visit to the dentist’s office.
If you have a sensitive and diseased gum tissue, then it might be a good idea to administer local anesthesia for numbing the tissue.
Deep cleaning and oral care for prevention at All Dental Tampa
When a patient shows more advanced gum disease symptoms e.g. heavy buildup of tartar, pocket depths more than 4mm and bad breath, the dentist may suggest a scaling and root planing treatment to resolve the condition.
Battling gum disease? Book a consultation with a member of our professional dental team at All Dental Tampa today!