Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is one way that periodontal disease can be treated. This type of periodontal therapy removes the plaque and the tartar that can start building up on the teeth in the area below the gums as well as above them. Dr. MacConnell and his team are highly experienced in treating gum disease, and with our services, you won’t have to go to a separate periodontist to get the treatment you need.
Gum Disease Symptoms
Bleeding gums can be a symptom of periodontal disease, as can having red, swollen, or tender gums. Having bad breath is another symptom, as is having teeth that shift around for no other reason and get loose.
When Teeth and Gums Separate
In gum disease, bacteria from plaque buildup cause the teeth and gums to separate. This often results in pockets that develop underneath the gums, allowing for more bacterial growth that can do more damage.
This space can’t be cleaned simply by tooth brushing. Patients with gum disease may have bleeding gums or gums that are tender and often have bad breath. Scaling and root planing can stop gum disease from spreading along the gums to other areas. These therapies are very effective in patients with periodontal disease.
Scaling and Root Planing for Gum Disease
It takes a few visits to our Bluff City or Kingsport office to get the scaling and root planing that you need. You may need anywhere from two to four visits to the office for these treatments for better oral health.
The scaling portion removes plaque and tartar that have built up above the gum line, in the tooth’s pocket, and below the gum line. Scaling rids you of much of this material that clings to teeth and can cause you to develop gum disease. After the scaling portion, you have the root planing part. This works to smooth the roots of the affected teeth to be better able to reattach to the gums.
Scaling and root planing is done with the application of a local anesthetic to numb the area and keep you comfortable. This treatment is non-surgical and is performed with a high-tech scaler similar to a laser. The scaler gets rid of hardened plaque under the gums. Fluoride is also applied to strengthen the teeth.
Antibiotics are often used in these cases to help kill the bacteria. The dentist places an antibiotic into the infected gum pockets where it will keep killing bacteria for a long time so that the infection can be stopped.
Periodontal Disease Treatment With Our Skilled Team
When you have any symptoms of gum disease, you need to talk to Dr. MacConnell about treatment options. Scaling and root planing may be able to treat the problem. Call the Center for Family & Implant Dentistry to set up your appointment and get started toward better oral health.