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When Are Scaling And Root Planing Necessary?

Posted on 6/5/2023 by Cornell Dental
When Are Scaling And Root Planing Necessary?Dental cleaning helps to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. Unfortunately, this does not clean below the gum line. In this case, scaling and root planing are necessary. These two deep cleaning procedures prevent gingivitis from advancing to the next stage. They involve removing plaque under the gum line to allow the gums to protect the tooth's roots and to avoid sensitivity and other dental issues. Read on and learn when you should consider deep cleaning.

Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums as part of your daily cleaning routine may indicate the presence of bacteria buildup below the gum line. Deep cleaning with scaling eliminates plaque and other harmful bacteria below the gum line. Root planing, on the other hand, involves smoothing the rough areas of the tooth's roots so bacteria can't build up again as long as you implement good dental cleaning techniques.

Deep Pockets

Deep pockets also indicate gum disease. The primary function of the gums is to hold the teeth' roots. However, the presence of plaque and tartar makes the gum line loosen, leading to deep pockets. If left untreated, gum recession can occur, exposing the teeth' roots. This causes tooth sensitivity and increases the risk of tooth decay.

Gum Recession

Gum recession is a sign of an advanced stage of gum disease. If you ignore the early signs of gum disease, bacterial infection can affect the gums, causing them to recede. If left untreated, gum recession can lead to additional pockets, contributing to more recession. A good way to reverse gum disease is through scaling and root planing. These procedures ensure healthy gums and teeth. Sometimes, gum and bone grafts follow deep cleaning to restore the lost tissues.

Do you want to prevent gum disease in the future and ensure oral health? Schedule an appointment with our professionals for scaling and root planing.

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