Signs You Need A Scaling And Root Planing

June 11, 2019

When an Olathe, KS, residents sees us with gum inflammation or periodontal disease, we know that care is crucial for protecting the smile from tooth loss and serious discomfort. In order to control inflammation and maintain good oral health, we may suggest a scaling and root planing. What should our patients expect from a deep cleaning?

The Warning Signs of Gum Disease

Gingivitis and the early stages of gum disease share similar symptoms. However, while gingivitis can be reversed, gum disease cannot and treatment (especially in the early stages) is crucial for managing the problem and preventing serious complications, such as adult tooth loss. If you notice changes in your gums, such as redness, soreness, swelling, recession, or bleeding when you brush or floss, please let us know right away. If you have gingivitis, we can reverse the problem, and if you have gum disease, we can manage the issue.

The Deep Cleaning Process

One of the major factors in the onset of gum disease is plaque buildup. A bacterial byproduct, plaque forms when bacteria break down food particles coating the teeth in a sticky substance that inflames gum tissue. Brushing and flossing cannot remove plaque, only a cleaning can do that. However, should the buildup become severe, you may need more than a traditional dental cleaning. A deep cleaning, also known as a scaling and root planing, involves removing all plaque from the teeth and the roots with an ultrasonic scaling device. The procedure can take one visit to complete, or up to four, depending on the extent of the buildup. Afterward, we will polish your teeth to ensure a brighter appearance.

Keeping Your Smile Clean and Healthy

Following your procedure, we will likely schedule routine dental cleanings every three to four months to remove plaque and help you maintain optimal oral health. While traditional cleanings are every six months, we want to help protect your smile from serious gum issues, such as periodontitis, the advanced stage responsible for missing teeth. In addition, we urge patients to quit smoking, brush your teeth twice a day, and floss every night before bed. These steps help control plaque buildup and safeguard your gum tissue against the risk of periodontal disease and periodontitis. If you have any questions about your gum health, or if you think you need to have your teeth cleaned, then contact our team today.

Do You Have Issues With Gum Health?

Whether you have gingivitis or periodontal disease, we have preventive care to help you enjoy optimal oral health. For more information on our deep cleanings and other preventive treatment options, schedule a consultation by calling E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, and all surrounding communities.