Periodontal Scaling & Root Planning
The objective of scaling and root planning is to remove etiologic agents, which cause inflammation to the gum tissue and surrounding bone. Common etiologic agents removed by this conventional periodontal therapy include dental plaque and calculus. These non-surgical procedures which completely cleanse the periodontium, work very effectively for individuals suffering from gingivitis (mild gum inflammation) and moderate/severe periodontal disease.
Reasons for scaling and root planning
Scaling and root planning can be used both as a preventative measure and as a stand-alone procedure. These procedures are performed as a preventative measure for a periodontitis sufferer.
Here are some reasons why these dental procedures may be necessary:
Disease prevention: The oral bacteria which cause periodontal infections can travel via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Research has shown that lung infections and heart disease have been linked to periodontal bacteria. Scaling and root planning remove bacteria and halts periodontal disease from progressing, thus preventing the bacteria from traveling to other parts of the body.
Tooth protection: When gum pockets exceed 3mm in depth, there is a greater risk of periodontal disease. As pockets deepen, they tend to house more colonies of dangerous bacteria. Eventually, a chronic inflammatory response by the body begins to destroy gingival and bone tissue which may lead to tooth loss. Periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in the developed world.
Aesthetic effects: Scaling and root planning help remove tartar and plaque from the teeth and below the gumline. As an added bonus, if superficial stains are present on the teeth, they will be removed in the process of the scaling and root planning procedure.
Better breath: One of the most common signs of periodontal disease is halitosis (bad breath). Food particles and bacteria can cause a persistent bad odor in the oral cavity, which is alleviated with cleaning procedures such as scaling and root planning.
During the next appointment, our dentists Dr. Sachar will thoroughly examine the gums again to see how well the pockets have healed.
If you have any concerns or questions about scaling and root planning. Please call Little Ferry Smiles at (201) 342-8585 to make an appointment with Dr. Sachar.