One of the first treatments our dentists may recommend after you are diagnosed with gum disease is scaling and root planing. This treatment is a proactive measure for managing the condition before it escalates into a more serious problem. Gum disease threatens the health of your gums and the stability of your teeth. Left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss and has been linked to broader health issues. This treatment, also known as a deep cleaning, comprises two critical components designed to address the root causes of gum disease.

The first part of the treatment, scaling, targets the removal of plaque and tartar buildup on the tooth surfaces. Plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, if not removed, hardens into tartar, which firmly adheres to the teeth. Tartar above and below the gumline can only be removed professionally. Scaling meticulously cleans these substances from the tooth and beneath the gumline, creating a clean environment that encourages healthy gum reattachment.

Following scaling, root planing is performed. This process involves meticulously cleaning and smoothing the roots of the teeth. Smoothing the root surfaces discourages further bacterial colonization and removes any lingering bacterial toxins. This crucial step helps in re-establishing a healthy connection between the gums and teeth, reducing pocket depths and mitigating inflammation.

The objectives of scaling and root planing are multifold: to eradicate harmful bacteria, to eliminate plaque and tartar and to stop the progression of gum disease in its tracks. While the procedure is typically manageable without anesthesia, our dentists and team also offer various anesthetic and comfort measures to ensure a pain-free and relaxed experience for patients. Treatments may be conducted over multiple sessions, focusing on different quadrants of the mouth to ensure thorough care.

In some cases, scaling and root planing may be complemented by additional periodontal therapies, including antibiotic treatments, to enhance healing and prevent recurrence of the disease. For many patients, scaling and root planing successfully prevents the advancement of periodontal disease, maintaining oral health and preventing potential future complications.

To learn more about scaling and root planing in DeWitt and Stuttgart, Arkansas, and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Randall Hestir, Dr. J. Doug Allen, Dr. John (Holt) Hestir or Dr. Catriona Oltmann, give us a call today!

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