Deep Cleaning and Root Scaling
According to dental research, deep cleaning procedures are the most effective way to treat patients with chronic gum diseases. Deep cleaning is also referred to as root planing and scaling. Its main goal is to remove plaque, tartar, and bacterial from below the gums to prevent bone loss. Bone loss can result in loose teeth and aggravate medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
What is deep cleaning and root scaling?
Scaling and root scaling is a relatively non-invasive periodontics procedure that takes place below the gum line. In certain cases, the dentist may also further go-ahead to perform deep cleaning tasks on the teeth and gum line to ensure that the patient enjoys optimal dental health and is protected from bacteria which are capable of compromising both the health of the teeth and that of the gum. In addition to this procedure, the dentist may place a small chip or recommend the placement of a small chip to provide a direct line of treatment for the periodontal disease, in the event you are dealing with one. Generally, scaling and cleaning are used to treat gum diseases.
Why do I need scaling and root planing?
Other researches have also linked gum diseases to other serious medical risks related to heart diseases (when it spreads into the blood) and stroke. Pregnant women suffering from extensive gum disease may also have difficulties with the birthing process as it has been reported that gum disease may cause pre-mature birthing in pregnant women.
Gum diseases are caused by a sticky film of bacteria which are collected over time on the teeth and in between it. The sticky material is known as Plaque. Plaque is always forming on the teeth, and this is due to a wide range of activities we engage in, including eating and drinking. If plaques are not properly cleaned out, it may breed bacteria which may compromise the health of the teeth and gum. Once bacteria have gained access into the gums, it becomes tender and inflamed.
In the event of infection, the gum will pull away from the teeth as a result of its inflammation and form spaces known as pockets. The plaque gets trapped in these pockets and cannot be removed by regular brushing but constantly and increasingly damages the gum and teeth.
If gum diseases are not caught early on, it may lead to the loss of the bone and tooth, however, this can be prevented against when it is caught early before damages to the structures below the gum line. Professional cleaning should be able to remedy the condition in the event of early detection.
What happens during scaling and root planing?
Our Dentists perform deep cleaning and root scaling in two parts. The scaling process involves the removal of plaque and tartar which have been collected on the teeth, above and below the gum line. Following the scaling process, the root planing process is initiated and it involved the smoothening out of the teeth roots to help the gums better re-attach to the teeth. The entire process of scaling and root planing may take more than one visit to the dentist to complete.
It may also require lots of anesthetics to reduce the painful sensation associated with the procedure.
If you feel you may need deep cleaning or root sclaing, contact The Dental Specialty Center today and our staff will schedule an appointment for your consultation. We can be reached at (877) 422-6257.