Understanding the Process of Scaling and Root Planing
Posted on 6/15/2018 by Andrew Weber
If you have developed serious periodontal issues, we may tell you that we need to engage in a procedure called scaling and root planing.
While this may sound like a mouthful, the reality is that it is a simple process. Here is more information.
What is Scaling and Root Planing?
To explain the process, you first must understand the way your teeth sit in your mouth. As you know, there are roots that anchor the teeth in the bone. Above the root is the gum tissue in your mouth-this is where periodontal disease strikes.
When you develop deposits of plaque below the gum line, it will eventually harden into a tough material that cannot be removed with dental floss. This material will contain microorganisms and toxins that can severely damage your teeth and gum.
As this material is deposited, your gum tissue will retract from it, causing you to develop pockets between the gum tissue and the roots of your teeth. These pockets will collect food and other debris, causing more problems. And, perhaps worst of all, this takes place below the gum line where you cannot reach with a toothbrush.
The process of scaling and root planing involves using a specialized tool to remove the deposits below the gum line. Once these deposits are gone, the gum tissue will eventually reattach to the tooth, closing the pocket that had developed.
Scaling and Root Planing is Easy, Fast, and Necessary for Your Oral Health
Fortunately, most of the time, the process is simple enough that it can be accomplished in a single visit. And, if you are concerned about the potential discomfort, rest assured that it is usually not that bad. If you do have serious concerns about discomfort, talk to us, and we can offer you some solutions.
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