Scaling and root planing is often recommended by our dentist to address more advanced stages of periodontal disease. Understanding when and why you might need scaling and root planing, what to expect during the procedure and its numerous benefits can help you make informed decisions about your oral health.
Scaling and root planing is typically recommended when a patient is diagnosed with moderate to severe gum disease, known as periodontitis. Common signs that indicate the need for this treatment include red, swollen and bleeding gums, persistent bad breath and pockets formed between the teeth and gums.
Before the procedure, Dr. Hiral Patel will assess the severity of your gum disease. Scaling involves the removal of plaque and tartar above and below the gumline using specialized instruments. Root planing smoothens the tooth roots to promote gum reattachment and prevent future bacterial buildup. This procedure is usually performed over multiple visits, with local anesthesia to ensure patient comfort.
Scaling and root planing can halt the progression of gum disease, prevent tooth loss and improve the overall health of your mouth. By eliminating harmful bacteria, reducing inflammation and promoting gum reattachment, this treatment can also lead to fresher breath and a more attractive smile. Furthermore, maintaining your oral health through scaling and root planing can reduce the risk of systemic health issues associated with untreated gum disease, such as heart disease and diabetes. Overall, this procedure is a vital component of comprehensive dental care, helping patients achieve a healthier and happier smile.
Call Healthy Smiles Bay Village at 440-892-1810 to day to schedule your scaling and root planing in Bay Village, Ohio, from our dentist.