How Tooth Scaling and Root Planing Can Help Prevent Gum Disease

Gum Disease Treatment in West Orange

Regular dental appointments play an essential role in maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. They are also necessary for preventing serious dental complications, such as gum disease. Scaling and root planing are deep cleaning techniques used by dentists and hygienists during cleanings to prevent gum disease. Below, the experts at Northfield Dental Group educate patients on the benefits of scaling and root planing.

About Gum Disease

Gum disease, or periodontitis, is when gums become infected. This condition can jeopardize the health of your mouth. Gum disease is progressive, and advanced stages can even result in tooth loss. Gingivitis refers to the earliest stage of gum disease. Patients may notice some symptoms, such as reddish gums, but generally, there is little discomfort at this stage. Gingivitis is reversable and healthy gums can be achieved with proper at-home dental care and professional cleanings. If left untreated, gum disease results in serious consequences for your oral health, including the following symptoms:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Sore or tender gums
  • Teeth that feel loose
  • Mouth sores
  • Bad breath that does not improve with brushing and flossing
  • Changes in your bite
  • Receding gums

Tooth Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing eliminate the hard buildup on the teeth known as tartar; tooth scaling removes tarter from the teeth’s surface, while root planing gets rid of tartar that lies below the gum line. These treatments are completed within the same appointment. During the tooth scaling portion of your treatment, a tool called a scaler is used to chip at the tarter while flushing it away with water. As your Northfield dental expert progresses into the root planing part of your treatment, a tool is used to push back the gum tissue so that the roots of the teeth are exposed, where bacteria and residue are removed.

Why Do I Need Tooth Scaling and Root Planing?

It is more challenging for harmful bacteria and plaque to stick to the treated surface of the teeth. This creates an ideal environment for the pockets of the gums to decrease as they heal. Tooth scaling and root planing are proven solutions for gum disease.

After Scaling and Planing

It is normal for the gums to feel sore after treatment. Swelling and redness may also occur. These effects are normal and many feel back to normal within a few days.

Healthy Gums and Teeth in New Jersey

Stop the progression of gum disease with professional deep cleanings in New Jersey. Contact our office today to book a consultation with one of our highly trained dentists.