Do I Need a Scaling and Root Planing?

March 29, 2018

Prevention is paramount when it comes to oral health, which means that regular dental cleanings are essential to keeping your smile clean and healthy. In some cases, a deeper periodontal cleaning, also known as a scaling and root planing, may be necessary to restore a healthy order to your mouth. It can become necessary when bacteria, plaque, and tartar build up along the gum line. This buildup can lead to irritation to the gums that can create inflammation, known as gingivitis. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, which left untreated can advance into more severe stages of periodontal disease and eventually lead to gum recession, tooth loss, and more. A scaling and root planing can be a great way to manage the progression of gum disease.

The Warning Signs of Gum Disease

One of the best things you can do for your smile’s health is to pay close attention to changes in your mouth. Changes are often warning signs of problems, including the beginning of gingivitis. If you notice a change early and talk to your dentist, you have a higher chance of treating an issue before it progresses into worse stages.

Some potential indicators that you may have gingivitis include:

  • Chronic dry mouth
  • Lingering bad breath
  • Inflamed, puffy gum tissue
  • Deep red or purple gums
  • Bleeding gums when flossing or brushing
  • Appearance of gums pulling away from teeth

Improved Smile Health

Depending on the stage of gum disease affecting your smile, the procedure may take multiple visits or you may need it on a regular basis to maintain the health of your gums. Scaling involves thoroughly removing all plaque, bacteria, and tartar deposits from your teeth, gums, and root surfaces, while root planing involves smoothing out any and all rough areas on your roots’ surfaces. Smoother root surfaces make it harder for bacteria, plaque and tartar to attach underneath the gum line.

Can a Scaling and Root Planing Help Your Smile?

Your gum health is important to your mouth’s health. To schedule a consultation, 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.