Scaling and root planing is essential in the battle against advanced periodontal (gum) disease. Rex Hoang, DMD, of DC Dental Spa offer the safest, most effective root planing and scaling techniques to help you preserve your healthy gums and avoid tooth loss. If you’ve noticed any signs of gum disease or know you’re overdue for a deep cleaning, call their Washington, D.C., office or schedule an appointment online today.
Scaling and root planing consists of two techniques used to treat more advanced forms of gum disease. Both techniques are designed to reach below your gum line, helping to remove and eradicate the bacteria that can accumulate near and around the root of your teeth.
Scaling is the name for the technique used to remove bacteria buildup below the gum line, while root planing describes a technique used to smooth rough spots that may form on the surface of the root area. Root planing makes it more difficult for bacteria to attach to your teeth.
These deep cleaning techniques are reserved for people with moderate to severe gum disease. If you get regular professional cleanings and brush and floss properly, you may never experience gum disease and therefore never need scaling and root planing. Mild cases of gum disease, called gingivitis, can usually be treated with traditional cleaning techniques and improved brushing and flossing at home.
Scaling and root planing is often performed using a local anesthetic to reduce discomfort, especially since your gums may be tender. During the procedure, a member of the DC Dental Spa team uses special instruments to gently reach below your gums and remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar, restoring the health of your gum tissue and teeth.
Once the cleaning is complete and debris has been removed, they may apply a special antibiotic to the treated areas to help kill bacteria that are difficult to reach with the instruments and to provide protection against gum disease recurrence. They may even be able to use laser dentistry to perform a deep cleaning in some cases.
To keep your teeth looking and feeling good after scaling and root planing, you need to practice good oral hygiene, including:
It also means getting routine, regularly scheduled maintenance cleanings at DC Dental Spa every six months.
To learn more about how scaling and root planing can protect your long-term oral health, call DC Dental Spa or schedule an appointment online today.