Whether through diabetes, poor oral hygiene, or other causes your teeth can suffer from periodontal disease.
Periodontitis or periodontal disease is the more serious form of gum disease. It means an inflammation around the tooth that is accompanied by the pulling away of the gums from the teeth to form spaces (pockets) that later on become infected. This eventually leads to tooth loss.
When this kind of gum disease begins, your Castlemaine Smiles Dentist will recommend a root scaling and planing.
At Castlemaine Smiles, your trusted local dentist knows the right thing to do.
Root Planing And Scaling: The Deep Cleaning For Your Teeth
When accumulated plaque is mixed with saliva, it hardens to become tartar. The tartar then gathers around your teeth and cannot be removed by regular brushing or flossing. Further neglect advances this to periodontal disease.
One of the most effective ways of addressing this, often called deep cleaning, is root planing and scaling, which is the removal of tartar from beneath the gumline.
The procedure has two parts and can be performed on a stretch of visits depending on your dentist and the severity of the condition.
The first part, scaling, is the removal of the tartar with an ultrasonic tool, above and below the gumline, cleaning all the way down to the pocket.
Afterwards, the second part, root planing, smoothens the surface of the teeth’s root. Smooth root surfaces make it harder for the tartar, bacteria, and plaque to accumulate again hence allowing the receded gums to heal and reattach themselves more firmly, controlling periodontal disease and tooth loss.
Benefits Of Root Scaling And Planing
Dubbed as the gold standard procedure for most patients with periodontal disease, root scaling and planing offer many benefits for your oral health, including:
- Tooth protection –Root planing and scaling can save you from tooth loss. The normal gum pockets measure 1- 3 mm in depth. As pockets deepen, they tend to house more colonies of dangerous bacteria. Deepened pockets loosen the tooth and eventually may lead to tooth loss.
- Disease prevention – Periodontal disease can lead to more complicated diseases in other areas of the body including the lungs and the heart. The oral bacteria travel via the bloodstream to other parts of the body causing infection. Scaling and root planing cleans the infected tooth to remove the bacteria and halt periodontal disease from progressing, consequently preventing the bacteria from traveling to other parts of the body.
- Fresher breath – Deep cleaning treats bad breath as it removes the accumulated food particles and bacteria which cause bad odor
- Aesthetic effects –Stains present on the teeth are also removed during root scaling hence giving you a better smile.
Castlemaine Smiles – Your Local Dentist in Castlemaine
Castlemaine Smiles Dentist offers a wide range of dental services for your different needs.
Our dentists are all experts in the field, and we guarantee premium quality root scaling and planing for you.