Scaling Root Planing
Gum disease can cause your gums to bleed and become infected, swollen or tender. As a result, the infected gum starts to separate from the teeth and a pocket develops. If left untreated, this infection can spread to the bone and cause bone loss. Furthermore, this infection can not only result in losing your teeth, but can also spread to the rest of your body. Periodontal disease has been associated with heart disease, diabetes, premature births and a slew of other systemic health problems.
When inflamed gums (gingivitis) is not treated, the infection will work its way down towards the bone causing the gums to separate from the tooth making a “periodontal pocket”. It is difficult for patients to keep these types of pockets clean. Scaling and root planing (also known as Deep Cleaning) is the thorough removal of plaque and tartar under the gum line. It can be done either in one or two visits. You can go to work the SAME day.
Scaling the removal of plaque and tarter from the pocket while planing allows the root of the tooth to be smooth and toxin free to allow the gum tissue to attach. This is the first form of treatment for periodontal disease. Sometimes, deep cleaning is not enough. Additional treatment may need to be done to obtain periodontal health.
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