Gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the United States. As bacteria multiply in your gums, they can destroy the soft tissues that support your teeth. Scaling and root planing is a useful option for mild to moderate gum disease. This procedure can stop the spread of bacteria, making it one of the most important restorative dentistry procedures that we offer. Dr. Gary Herskovits and his team in Brooklyn use gentle techniques when performing scaling and root planing. With their advanced methods, they can eliminate bacteria with minimal discomfort and tissue inflammation.
Gum disease has two stages. During the first stage, called gingivitis, oral bacteria move from your teeth to your gum line. As they encroach upon the soft tissues, they can cause slight sensitivity, irritation, and bleeding. During this stage, it is usually easy to reverse gum disease with thorough but routine dental cleaning. The second stage of gum disease is called periodontitis. During this stage, bacteria move deeper into your gum tissue. They will form pockets in your gums, and as the pockets get larger, your soft tissues will start to pull away from your tooth roots and jawbone.
Once gum disease reaches this second, more aggressive stage, root scaling, and planing may be the most effective treatment. Dr. Herskovits or your hygienist will numb your gums with a local anesthetic. Then he or she will remove the pockets of bacteria from your gums and smooth out uneven surfaces on your tooth roots. These rough patches form an ideal haven for bacteria. By eliminating these areas, we can keep microbes from returning. In some cases, your practitioner may also administer antibiotics for even more thorough care. Our gentle, careful techniques mean that your restorative dentistry procedure will involve minimal discomfort and post-procedural sensitivity.
Although root planing and scaling can eliminate oral bacteria, gum disease is a chronic condition. Once it reaches the second stage of the disease, there is no cure. Therefore, after your root scaling and planing, you should undergo routine dental visits. We usually recommend dental visits every six months. However, if you have been diagnosed with gum disease, you may benefit from more frequent visits.
Root planing and scaling are enormously important for your dental health. Without treatment, bacteria will multiply at an exponential rate. Therefore, by eliminating these harmful microbes, we can prevent many of the symptoms and long-term effects of gum disease. These include:
If you are suffering from the initial symptoms of the condition, you must receive immediate treatment. Contact us today to learn more about scaling and root planing and to find out if this treatment is the most effective solution for your smile.