Control Gum Inflammation and Heal Periodontal Disease with Non-Surgical Scaling and Root Planing
Get a professional cleaning that removes plaque, calculus and bacterial toxins from your teeth’s roots. When bacteria plaques are left to accumulate on the teeth for a long period of time, they form deposits called calculus. Due to its nature, the calculus deposits unfortunately cannot be removed by brushing and flossing. Only a professional scaling and root planing can remove all deposits by accessing root surfaces using special instruments.
Removal of the calculus combined with proper oral hygiene will allow the gum tissue to reform a tight healthy seal at the neck of the tooth. The seal will prevent bacterial penetration into the pocket. With the professional cleanings, tissue health and colour will dramatically improve. Gum sensitivity and bleeding will decrease as well.
Special hand instruments called scalers and curettes have been developed to remove the calculus in an effective and comfortable manner. The fine curettes come in different sizes and shapes. The instruments are designed so they can be gently teased into the pockets in order to scrape off the very adherent calculus deposits. If the teeth or gum tissues are sensitive, we will numb the teeth and tissues with local anesthetic (freezing) to assure your comfort.
Fine ultrasonic instruments have also been developed to make calculus removal even more efficient and comfortable. These high-tech instruments introduce a fine water or antiseptic solution to help flush out deposits and bacteria.
Scaling and root planing is a meticulous process and may take a number of appointments. A quality professional cleaning will be the first step necessary in establishing your periodontal health.
If the periodontal disease is in an advanced stage, an antibiotic may be prescribed along with the scaling and root planing. Irrigation of the infected pockets with an antibiotic or antiseptic solution can be helpful in chasing those “bad bugs” away during the professional cleanings.
Non-surgical scaling and root planing procedures are a highly effective method controlling gum inflammation and eliminating periodontal disease. However, there are limits to the extent of healing possible through scaling and root planing procedures alone and we will discuss with you in detail the treatment options once this procedure is completed. To learn more about this procedure, call our office at 703-442-0442.