At J&D Dental, our dentists and hygienists have your oral health as their top priority. We take great pride in making you feel at ease as we assist you in keeping great oral health. In some cases, you may need a “deep cleaning,” also known as scaling and root planing due to gum or periodontal disease. If your dentist and hygienist at J&D Dental have recommended this for you, they will work closely with you to help you understand your treatment and why it is needed. They will discuss the following topics with you.
What is gum disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection in your gum tissues. It is caused by bacteria colonies (plaque) that are not thoroughly removed through your home care routine. When plaque is not removed, it hardens on the tooth, and is called calculus (tartar). When calculus sits along and under your gum line, it causes your gum tissues to become inflamed. This can lead to bleeding gums and discomfort, bone loss, and a bad taste or odor in the mouth. Periodontal disease can range from early stages to advanced stages. In the most severe cases, tooth loss is possible.
Why do you need scaling and root planing?
By catching periodontal disease in its earliest stages at J&D Dental, we can prevent tooth loss. Scaling and root planing is the most common procedure to help return your gum tissues to a healthier condition. Scaling and root planing is a specialized deep cleaning tailored to your specific needs. This cleaning by your dental hygienist removes all calculus and plaque from the teeth, including the root surfaces below the gum line. By removing the bacteria irritants under the gum line, your tissues are able to reattach more firmly against the tooth. In advanced periodontal disease, we may refer you to a periodontist (gum specialist) who will assist you in keeping the disease under control.
Scaling and root planing services
Scaling and root planing is usually completed in two appointments by your dental hygienist. This is necessary for your comfort. When gum disease is present, this deep cleaning can be uncomfortable. For this reason, we get your tissues numb either with anesthetic or with a numbing mouthwash.. At the first appointment, we generally clean one half of your mouth and finish the other half at the second appointment. After your procedure, you may feel a little sore as your tissues tighten against your teeth. Swishing with warm salt water every few hours or using a pain reliever may be suggested, to help with the healing process. You should continue brushing, flossing, and rinsing routine at home.
Your hygienist may advise cleanings every 3-4 months, instead of every 6 months, depending on your specific needs. Periodontal disease can be an ongoing struggle, and we look forward to slowing or stopping the disease process with this treatment. We will keep you involved in the status of your condition, as it heals.