Scaling and Root Planing Can Halt the Effects of Gum Disease
If you have developed mild to moderate periodontal disease or you have symptoms such as mild inflammation or red or bleeding gums, scaling and root planing can eliminate tartar and calculus from below your gum line. If left untreated, gingivitis can result in serious oral health problems, including widespread tooth loss. In some cases, it can even compromise your overall physical health. Fortunately, Dr. Paul Archacki offers thorough periodontal care at his Boynton Beach, FL, practice. He and his hygienist have over thirty years of experience treating periodontal disease. At your appointment, they can also provide tips and instruction on how to maintain your healthy gums at home.
When Is Scaling and Root Planing Necessary?
Gum disease occurs when oral bacteria accumulate in your mouth. These same microbes are responsible for cavities and dental infection. When bacteria move past your teeth and build up along your gum line, this is known as the first stage of gum disease, or gingivitis. Gingivitis is typically reversible with a routine cleaning and a good oral hygiene routine.
When oral bacteria move deeper into your gums and create pockets around your tooth roots, periodontitis develops. At this point, the soft tissues will start to pull away from your teeth, causing pronounced inflammation, redness, noticeable bleeding, and chronic bad breath. Once these symptoms occur, Dr. Archacki will often recommend scaling and root planing, which is also known as a deep cleaning. More severe cases may require soft tissue grafting or another treatment if the condition is left untreated.
What to Expect during the Scaling and Root Planing Procedure
A deep cleaning typically involves very little discomfort when local anesthesia is used. After numbing your gums, Dr. Archacki or your hygienist will clean out the pockets of bacteria, as well as remove any diseased tissue. He or she will use very meticulous techniques, so the process will have very little effect on the healthy parts of your gums. In some cases, your practitioner may also apply a topical antibiotic to further eradicate bacteria. Then he or she will carefully smooth down your dental roots. Rough spots contain microscopic grooves, which provide an ideal haven for bacteria.
If left untreated, gingivitis can result in serious oral health problems, including widespread tooth loss. In some cases, it can even compromise your overall physical health.
The Importance of Scaling and Root Planing
While there is no cure for gum disease, scaling and root planing can keep the condition at bay. Furthermore, by removing the rough patches on your roots, your dentist or hygienist can prevent microbes from returning. Thus, the procedure can help reduce your risk for a gum disease flare up. In turn, this can have tremendous benefits for your systemic health. Untreated periodontitis can lead to pronounced tooth loss as the pockets grow larger. Even more alarmingly, oral bacteria can enter your blood stream, putting you at increased risk for heart attack or stroke. By addressing the condition at an early stage, Dr. Archacki can lower or eliminate these additional risks.
Schedule a Deep Cleaning Today
If you have noticed the symptoms of periodontitis, you should seek appropriate restorative treatment right away to prevent long-term complications. Contact Dr. Archacki’s office online or call (561) 736-1177 to book an appointment.
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