Treating Periodontal Disease with Scaling and Root Planing
Periodontal Disease, also known as gum disease, is common among adults. According to the Canadian Dental Association, approximately 70% of the Canadian population will develop some form of the disease during their lifetime. Unfortunately, if this disease is not properly treated, it can cause serious oral complications. Luckily, several periodontal disease treatment options are available and there are several things you can do to keep your gums and other areas in your mouth healthy. One of the best ways to prevent this disease is dental scaling and root planing.
What Is Root Planing and Scaling?
Root planing and dental scaling are when you receive a deep cleaning of the gums and teeth. When visiting with your dentist, a hygienist will remove all bacteria and build-up from your teeth, around your roots, and on your gums. However, this is much different than your basic dental cleaning as you will receive a cleaning beneath your gum lines. This removes those toxins and bacteria that can increase your risk of the disease.
For areas in your mouth where you have gum pockets, you may need root planing. This is when tartar and bacteria that accumulate in these pockets are removed.
What Can I Expect with This Periodontal Disease Treatment?
If you receive root planing and scaling, you do not need to be anxious or worried. This is a very mild treatment option. To ensure you don’t feel any pain, your gums and teeth will be numbed with a local anesthetic. You may also experience some tenderness following the treatment. However, your gums will begin to feel good and should return to normal in a few hours following the procedure.
What Should I Do Following the Procedure?
After you have completed a root planing and scaling procedure, you must maintain a strong oral care routine. This will keep your teeth and gums healthy and reduce the risk of further complications. You must brush your teeth twice a day using proper technique, floss each day, and use a mouthwash. Visit with your dentist for additional care and maintenance options.
At Markham 7 Dental, we offer a variety of periodontal disease treatments to help you have a healthy, beautiful smile. Whether you have dental concerns or it is time for your next appointment, give us a call today to schedule your next appointment.