If you suffer from gum disease, root planing and scaling is an effective treatment option. Root planing and scaling is used to deep clean the teeth down to the roots beneath the gum line. General dentistry treatments, like root planing and scaling, can help get your oral health back on track. Learn more about the benefits of root planing and scaling in this overview from Fort Worth dentist Clark Damon.
The root planing and scaling procedure is highly effective at treating mild to moderate gum disease, specifically when gum disease has led to pockets forming between the teeth and gums. Pockets are dangerous to oral health because they allow plaque, tartar, and bacteria to settle between the gums and teeth, eventually reaching the tooth's roots. This leaves the portions of the tooth below the gum line vulnerable to decay, infection, and tooth loss because these areas are difficult to clean with a toothbrush. Root planing and scaling must be performed to remove debris below the gum line and close periodontal pockets.
A relatively simple procedure, root planing and scaling begins with the numbing of the gums to ensure that each patient is comfortable during treatment. Once the gums are numb, special scraping tools are used to gently remove calcified tartar and other debris from the teeth, both at and below the gum line. An ultrasonic tool may be used to remove large pieces of debris while a metal dental scraping tool is used to finely detail and clean the teeth. As debris is removed, a water irrigation system is used to wash away debris and a suction tool is used to remove water and saliva. In cases where large pockets have developed, antibiotic fibers may be placed to prevent infection as the gums heal and the pockets close. After about a week, the fibers will be removed.
For those who suffer from gum disease, root planing and scaling offers many benefits to improve oral health. Root planing and scaling can prevent gum disease from leading to major dental problems and prevent the need for more costly dental work. Some of the many benefits of root planing and scaling treatment include:
If you suffer from mild to moderate gum disease, you may be a good candidate for root planing and scaling treatment. Patients with severe gum disease may benefit from alternative treatments. To find out which treatment is right for you, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Damon.