Root planing, also known as dental scaling, is a procedure that deep cleans your teeth below the gum line. The deep-cleaning process removes plaque, the sticky bacteria that forms on your teeth. If left untreated, plaque can infect your gums and cause inflammation.
Inflamed gums begin to pull away from your teeth, forming pockets. Once the pockets form, plaque gets stuck inside, and regular brushing can’t remove it. That results in gum disease, which can lead to tooth and bone loss.
If you have gum disease, you may experience symptoms such as:
Although it's a severe condition, Dr. Bader can use root planing to prevent and even reverse gum disease.
Dr. Bader can identify gum disease through regular dental appointments. If he detects it early enough, root planing can prevent gum disease from getting worse. However, if the structures beneath the gum line become damaged, you may need additional treatments to restore the health of your gums.
Dr. Bader starts by scaling your teeth. He removes the plaque and tartar from below and above the gum line, deeply cleaning each pocket. For the root-scaling portion, Dr. Bader smooths out the roots of your teeth to help your gums reattach to your teeth.
Although it may take more than one appointment to completely deep-clean all your teeth, Dr. Bader strives to ensure that you’re comfortable at each stage of the root-planing procedure. For example, he can administer a local anesthetic if you feel it’s necessary.
Following root planing, you may have some pain and swelling in the treatment area for several days, which you can alleviate with over-the-counter pain medicines.
Dr. Bader may also prescribe you a special mouth rinse or an antibiotic to prevent infection in your gums. Antibiotics may be in pill form, or Dr. Bader may place the medication directly into one of the cleaned pockets.
Dental Impressions specializes in affordable, accessible care for services such as root planing. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Bader online or by phone today.
Please note: HMO's are not accepted Tuesdays and Thursdays.
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