How scaling and root planing helps control infection from periodontal disease
Patients of Perry, Utah, diagnosed with periodontal disease will need to work with an experienced dentist to achieve and maintain oral health and wellness, restoring the smile after this infection has developed. To do this, Dr. Jennifer Wahlen and the team at Wahlen Dentistry may recommend a treatment known as scaling and root planing, one of the most effective ways of addressing periodontitis in patients.
What is scaling and root planing?
Dr. Jennifer Wahlen of Wahlen Dentistry describes scaling and root planing as a unique, non-surgical treatment for periodontal disease. It is also known as a deep cleaning and specifically involves removing significant plaque and tartar buildup from the surfaces and roots of the teeth.
Scaling is a specialized process of using unique dental tools that remove plaque and tartar, which is hardened plaque, from the surface of the teeth, both above and below your gum line. This is important because if plaque and tartar are not removed, they can contribute dramatically to the development of gum disease. Scaling helps to prevent further damage to your gums and teeth.
Alternatively, root planing is the process of smoothing out rough spots on the tooth roots. This effectively removes bacteria and toxins from those areas and promotes healing. It also removes any remaining plaque or tartar that was not removed during the scaling process.
What can I expect during and after my scaling and root planing procedure?
This deep cleaning of the teeth is usually performed in two visits, with half of your mouth being treated at each visit. In some cases, anesthesia may be used to ensure a comfortable experience for the patient. After the procedure, you may experience some discomfort and sensitivity as your gums heal and reattach to your teeth. Your dentist and hygienist at Wahlen Dentistry will provide instructions for proper oral care during the healing process, including brushing and flossing techniques and any necessary medications.
How must I maintain my oral health after scaling and root planing?
You must follow aftercare instructions carefully to ensure successful healing and prevent further complications. Dr. Jennifer Wahlen may also schedule a follow-up appointment to evaluate your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan.
If you require dental care and are interested in working with our team at Wahlen Dentistry, we invite you to book a consultation visit at our office, located at 2480 South Highway 89 #A, by calling (435) 246-4602.