Treatment For Periodontitis and Gum Disease

Why Would You Need Scaling and Root Planing?

Periodontitis or gum disease is caused by a sticky film of bacteria called plaque. Plaque is always forming on your teeth but if your teeth aren’t cleaned consistently, the plaque can build up and cause your gums to become inflamed. If left untreated your gums will begin to pull away from your teeth leaving pockets where the bacteria will breed. Once this has happened, not only is it extremely difficult if not impossible to remove with regular brushing and flossing, you’re at risk of bone and tooth loss. Our doctors would recommend scaling and root planing if they diagnose you with Periodontitis.

What Is Scaling and Root Planing Treatment?

Scaling and root planing is a two-part procedure to treat periodontitis. Scaling is when we would remove all of the plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) above and below your gumline. It’s important that we clean all the way down to the bottom of the pocket. We would then begin the second phase of treatment, which is, root planing. Root planing involves smoothing rough spots on the roots of the teeth that can promote gum disease by trapping and holding bacteria. Planing helps the root surfaces become smooth, which keeps bacteria, plaque, and tartar from re-adhering underneath the gumline. The process may take more than one appointment to make sure that your teeth are clean and healthy.

After Care Tips

When you see us for follow up treatments we will want to check on the healing of your teeth and gums. In most cases, patients who had red or swollen gums find that their gums turn pink again and bleeding from Periodontitis is reduced or completely eliminated. If your gums respond well and remain stable, you’ll not need any further treatment. 

To schedule a consultation or to ask any questions about scaling and root planing, give us a call at (702) 967-1700 or send us an email.