Periodontal Scaling & Root Planing

Welcome to our guide on scaling and root planing, two essential procedures in maintaining oral health and preventing serious gum diseases!

Scaling and root planing are non-surgical techniques designed to remove harmful agents like dental plaque and tartar from your gums and tooth roots. These agents can cause inflammation in the gingival tissue and surrounding bone, leading to conditions like gingivitis or periodontal disease. By thoroughly cleansing the periodontium, these procedures effectively combat mild to severe gum inflammation.

Let's delve into why scaling and root planing are crucial:

  1. Disease Prevention: Oral bacteria responsible for periodontal infections can travel through the bloodstream, potentially causing complications like lung infections or heart disease. Scaling and root planing not only remove harmful bacteria but also halt the progression of periodontal disease, preventing it from spreading to other parts of the body.

  2. Tooth Protection: Deep gum pockets can harbor dangerous bacteria, leading to chronic inflammation that damages gum and bone tissue, ultimately resulting in tooth loss. Scaling and root planing help reduce the risk of periodontal disease and protect your teeth from such consequences.

  3. Aesthetic Benefits: In addition to their health benefits, these procedures also improve the appearance of your teeth by removing tartar, plaque, and superficial stains, giving you a brighter smile.

  4. Improved Breath: Halitosis (bad breath) is a common symptom of periodontal disease due to food particles and bacteria in the oral cavity. Scaling and root planing effectively alleviate bad breath by removing these causative agents.

What to Expect During Scaling and Root Planing:

Before these procedures, your dentist will conduct a thorough examination, including X-rays and visual assessments, to determine the condition of your gums and the presence of tartar and plaque.

Scaling involves using specialized dental instruments, including ultrasonic tools, to remove calculus and plaque from the tooth surfaces. This process may also include an irrigation step to deliver antimicrobial agents, reducing oral bacteria.

Root planing focuses on smoothing the root surfaces to remove embedded microorganisms, toxins, and tartar, promoting healing and preventing future bacterial colonization.

After the treatment, your dentist may recommend antibiotics to aid in healing, followed by a follow-up appointment to assess your gum pockets' improvement. Further treatments may be suggested if necessary.

If you have any concerns or questions about scaling and root planing or need guidance on periodontal care, don't hesitate to reach out to your dental professional. Your oral health is crucial, and these preventive measures can make a significant difference in maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile!


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Naperville Periodontist, Dr. Mehmet A. Eskan is a professional dedicated to excellence in Periodontics such as Periodontal Disease Diagnosis & Treatment, Scaling & Root Planing (Deep Cleanings), Periodontal Maintenance Cleanings, Pocket Reduction Surgery, Periodontal Antibiotic Treatments, Gingival & Osseous Grafts, Crown Lengthening, Dental Implants & more. Dr. Mehmet A. Eskan has office locations in Naperville.

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