In order to keep gum disease at bay, we practice proper oral hygiene. You keep up your daily practices and visit the dentist on a regular basis. If everything is done properly, the odds of you running into dental issues is slim. But if you do have a poor dental checkup, it may lead to worsened dental issues, especially if left untreated. One of these issues likely to develop is periodontal, or gum-related. If periodontal disease is apparent, your dentist or hygienist may recommend some additional treatment during your routine cleaning.
Periodontal disease is characterized damaged gum tissue, teeth, and underlying bone due to bacteria. If strong antibiotics don’t do the job, plaque and tartar must be physically removed. How is this done? Periodontal scaling and root planning.
Dental scaling uses a combination of manual and ultrasonic instruments to physically separate the calcified tartar from the teeth, both above and below the gumline. By physically removing the tartar by scraping it off of the teeth, the dentist can help alleviate gum irritation, as well as remove what is causing the tooth decay.
Like dental scaling, root planing minimizes bacterial colonies by cleaning bacteria-rich plaque and tartar from teeth. Planing targets the tooth roots beneath the gum line, removing spots to make recurrence less likely.
If your dentist says you suffer from periodontal disease, or have bleeding, tender gums, periodontal scaling or root planing may be right for you. Talk to your dentist or periodontist about the procedure – including the duration and aftercare. They are there to help you feel more at ease about your experience – feel prepared.
To learn more about dental scaling and root planing, contact Dr. Johns at 650-697-2073 or visit his website at www.chrisjohnsdds.com.
Dr. Chris Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae and all surrounding areas.