What are the advantages does teeth scaling?
You may need to see a periodontist for gum disease treatment if you’re experiencing signs of:
1. Reduces the risk of tooth, bone, and tissue loss due to gum disease.
2. Eliminates bad breath associated with gum disease.
3. Lessens gum tenderness and chronic inflammation after removing harmful bacteria and plaque.
4. Can lower the risk of systemic diseases by removing tartar buildup.
When do you need dental scaling and root planing?
Every time you enjoy a meal, minuscule food particles adhere to a thin film on your teeth. This film serves as a breeding ground for bacteria, forming what is known as plaque. If not meticulously removed through proper cleaning, this bacterial plaque can trigger inflammation in your gums.
This inflammatory response can lead to your gums pulling away from your teeth, resulting in the creation of small spaces termed "pockets." Within these pockets, plaque becomes trapped and proves resistant to removal through regular brushing alone.
When gum disease is detected in its early stages and hasn't inflicted significant damage below the gum line, scaling alone may suffice to address the issue effectively.
However, if the pockets formed between your gums and teeth have become too deep, a more comprehensive approach involving both scaling and root planing may be necessary. These dental procedures are designed to combat the detrimental effects of this condition, ensuring the maintenance of your oral health.
The Scaling and Root Planing Procedure at Q Dental: What to Expect
When you come in for your initial assessment at Q Dental, your dentist will start by assessing the extent of plaque buildup and conducting a thorough examination of your gum health, checking for potential periodontal issues.
The scaling phase of the procedure is crucial, as it involves the meticulous removal of all plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) located both above and below the gumline. Special attention is given to cleaning all the way down to the base of any gum pockets. To accomplish this, a specialized instrument is used, employing high-frequency vibrations in combination with a gentle stream of water. This approach ensures the efficient removal of debris while safeguarding the integrity of your tooth roots.
It's worth noting that the level of discomfort experienced during tooth scaling can vary depending on the amount of tartar and plaque buildup, as well as your individual tooth sensitivity. To minimize any potential discomfort, your dentist may apply a numbing gel or administer an anesthetic injection to the affected area, ensuring your comfort throughout the procedure.