Gum disease is a common oral condition that affects the integrity and health of the gums and can also impact the health of the teeth and jawbone. It is primarily caused by plaque and tartar accumulation.
The first stage of gum disease is commonly referred to as gingivitis. Its more advanced stage is known as periodontitis.
The symptoms of gum disease include:
- Red and swollen gums
- Gum bleeding
- Gum tenderness
- Bad breath
- Pus near the tooth root
Scaling and root planing, also known as deep cleaning, is the conventional non-surgical treatment for gum disease. It’s considered an effective first line of treatment. This two-step procedure is performed to remove plaque and tartar deposits from the surface of the teeth, above and below the gum line, and to help the gums naturally heal and reattach to the teeth. Dr. Chung is experienced in providing this treatment along with more complex procedures for gum disease to ensure your long-term oral health and a happy smile.
SCALING AND ROOT PLANING PROCEDURE
The scaling and root planing procedure is a deep cleaning performed by a dental specialist and it is made up of two parts. Depending on the severity of the patient’s condition, it can take one or two dental visits.
During the scaling part of the procedure, the dentist removes the plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline, including the deep gum pockets formed as a result of gum disease. During the root planing part of the procedure, the dentist smoothes out the tooth roots to allow the gums to naturally heal and reattach to your teeth.
After scaling and root planing, the dentist may recommend a special mouth rinse or medication, as well as provide home care advice you should follow to prevent the infection from becoming more serious or recurring. Advice includes brushing your teeth twice a day using a soft toothbrush, flossing once a day, eating a balanced diet, and getting regular dental checkups and cleanings.