Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and Root Planing

More and more adults are suffering from the negative consequences of periodontal disease in the United States. Patients in Georgia can rely on Whitaker Family Dentistry to provide treatment for periodontal disease, no matter what stage it is in. The first step to fighting gum disease and gingivitis is by cleaning the teeth thoroughly and getting rid of bacteria and plaque in the mouth that could cause further issues. This deep cleaning technique is known as scaling and root planing.

Periodontal Disease

Many people may have gum disease without being aware of it, which can lead to serious oral health issues. The symptoms will often become worse as time goes on, and treatment is not received, progressing continually without medical intervention. When periodontal disease occurs, the gums become irritated and inflamed with a tendency to be tender or bleed when brushing or flossing. The early stages of gum disease can be treated with a visit to your dentist to get scaling and root planing performed on your teeth.

Scaling

During the scaling process, your dentist will remove tartar, plaque, and any infected tissues that are below the gums as well as on the roots of your teeth. A specific tool, known as a scaler, is used to scrape away anything that has not been removed during regular cleanings and brushing of your teeth.

Root Planing

Once the tartar, calculus, and bacteria have been removed from the mouth, root planing will be performed by your dental expert. When root planing occurs, the teeth will be smoothened so that it is more difficult for bacteria and tartar to stick to the enamel and accumulate in the gums. Depending on how severe your dental issues are, your dentist may use an antimicrobial solution to get rid of any remaining bacteria or antibiotics may be prescribed.

Visit Whitaker Family Dentistry

You can visit a dentist in Fort Valley, GA, to discuss your oral health and get an examination of your teeth performed. If any oral health issues are present, we can provide prompt treatment that eliminates problems with teeth and improves your oral health.

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