SCALING AND ROOT PLANING
Gum disease refers to the inflammation of your gums caused by the spread of bacteria in your mouth, which can affect your teeth, your soft tissues as well as the bone structures. Bacteria, plaque and certain foods that are rich in sugar, are the top contributing factors of gum disease. Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure involving a deep cleansing to get rid of mild to moderate gum infection. The office of Proscia Dental in Bonita Springs FL offers this treatment to our valued patients to help them get rid of periodontal infections.
What Happens In A Scaling And Root Planing Treatment?
- Dental scaling. Dental scaling is a procedure performed by your dentist to eliminate the plaque from your teeth with the use of manual hand instruments and/or ultrasonic instruments. Before doing the scaling, your dentist will start by doing a thorough assessment of your mouth then he will use his scaling tool to remove the plaque buildup from the surfaces of your teeth and the gum line.
- Planing. Root planing refers to the process by which the root surfaces are being scaled to reduce the inflammation of your gums. This is also done by your dentist in order to smoothen rough areas where bacteria typically harbor and to avoid further plaque formation.
You may experience slight pain and sensitivity after the procedure for a few days. Swelling, bleeding and tenderness in the gum could also occur. We may prescribe an oral antibiotic or a rinse to aid healing and to control infection.
It is highly important to follow a good dental care routine at home to help keep gum disease from recurring or becoming more serious. To schedule your periodontal scaling and root planing treatment, call our Bonita Springs FL practice at (239) 494-4574.