Can Scaling and Root Planing Help My Gums?

January 31, 2018

Gum disease is a very common chronic disease that is preventable, treatable, and even reversible in its earliest stages. Scaling and root planing is a deep, periodontal cleaning that can stop gum disease from progressing into the dangerous stages and help manage it once it has. If you have any stage of gum disease, a scaling and root planing can help to protect your gums and your smile

What to Expect

A scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure. Depending on the stage of gum disease, the procedure may take multiple visits or you may need it on a regular basis as a maintenance procedure. Scaling involves thoroughly removing all plaque, bacteria, and tartar deposits from your teeth, gums, and root surfaces. Root planing involves smoothing out any and all rough areas on your roots’ surfaces. Smoother root surfaces keep bacteria, plaque and tartar from attaching underneath the gum line. This allows for your gums to heal.

How Does It Help

Gingivitis, the earliest form of gum disease, is the inflammation of your gums. It can cause your gums to be red, puffy, and bleed when brushing or flossing. The bacteria that builds up beneath your gums along your teeth causes the inflammation and possibly an infection. At this earliest stage of gingivitis, a scaling and root planing may reverse the gum disease. Once the gum disease has progressed past gingivitis into periodontitis or advanced periodontal disease, the scaling and root planing can manage the disease to prevent further complications like tooth loss and further gum recession. Gum disease is a progressive disease that will not get better on its own. It will continue to worsen, so management is important to reverse it or stop it from causing health problems. Scaling and root planing can be a way to defend against the serious complications that can be caused by gum disease.

Scaling and Root Planing Can Manage Gum Disease.

Scaling and root planing is a deep periodontal cleaning. To schedule a consultation for your smile, call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.