Scaling and Root Planing

When plaque and tarter are left on teeth surfaces over an extended period of time it permits as a gateway for bacteria to prosper and thrive. The bacteria build-up will eventually seep into the gum line causing inflammation and irritation to occur, this is better known as periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that infiltrates into the gum, ultimately causing your gums to pull away from your teeth structures. Here at Smile Maker, Dr. Karagodsky offers scaling and root planing treatments for patients who have periodontal disease or who are experiencing early phases of gum recession. These deep-cleaning treatments prevent the spread of bacteria and improve the inflation of the gums.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease essentially causes damage to the tooth structures so that in time your teeth become loose. When the disease progresses into more severe stages it causes for bone lose which is unfortunately irreversible to fix. Fortunately when gum disease is caught early enough, the infection can be eliminated and the spread to be diminished.

Scaling and root planing are deep cleaning treatments that help remove bacteria from the gum tissue. More specifically the scaling part of the treatment removes bacteria from the teeth’s surfaces where as the root planing portion cleans the gum line and your teeth’s roots. The treatments remove infected tooth structures and ultimately smooths out the surface of the roots.

The Procedure

During the first phase of this deep cleaning treatment, Dr. Karagodsky will use a scaler to remove any tarter and plaque that is present on the tooth. This part of the procedure is done carefully by the Doctor as a way to make sure any additional irritation or bleeding to the gum does not occur. The next part of the treatment involves planing, where the root portion of the teeth is thoroughly cleaned to remove bacteria.

Does It Hurt?

Pending on the pocket depth and how severe the damage is to the root surface is, more anesthesia might be applied in order for you to feel more comfortable during this procedure. You might experience feeling of the physical scraping along the surface of your teeth. Some of the gum pockets might not be too deep, therefore you will experienced little to no discomfort.

In most cases, deep-root cleaning is broken down into the cleaning of specific quadrants per appointment. What this means is that the upper left and lower left portion of your mouth might be cleaned in one appointment, where the next appointment will be the cleaning of the upper right portion and lower right portion of your mouth.

Build-up of plaque and tarter can cause severe oral health issues if left untreated. Call Smile Maker today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Karagodsky, to get a further evaluation of your gum and tooth health.

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