Teeth Scaling and Root Planning Service
WHAT IS TEETH SCALING AND ROOT PLANNING?
Teeth scaling and root planning are also known as conventional periodontal therapy, non-surgical periodontal therapy, or deep gum cleaning, it is a procedure involving removal of dental plaque and calculus ( tartar ) and then smoothing, or planning, of the (exposed) surfaces of the roots, removing the cementum or dentine that is impregnated with calculus, toxins, or microorganisms, the etiologic agents that cause inflammation. Periodontal scalars and periodontal curettes are some of the tools involved in it.
When Is Dental Scaling Necessary?
Everyone experiences some form of plaque building up in their mouth. The saliva, bacteria, and proteins in your mouth form a thin layer that covers your teeth almost every time. When you eat, tiny particles, acids, and sugars from the food stick to this film which creates a buildup on the teeth known as plaque. The bacteria that live in this plaque can cause gum diseases and tooth decay. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings will help you to remove the plaque and it will prevent more serious problems.If you have healthy gums, the tissue will fit tightly around the tooth and will keep the plaque out. However, if gum disease begins to form, this tissue will be loosened. Healthy gums are attached to the tooth just 1 to 3 millimeters below the gum line and with the gum diseases, you’ll begin to develop deeper pockets. These can be filled with the plaque, worsening your problems and causing some symptoms like bad breath.
If you have pockets of around 4 millimeters or more, we will recommend dental scaling to remove the plaque beneath the gum line and help treat the gum disease.
Scaling and Root Planning Procedures
Dental scaling involves the careful removal of plaque bacteria from the tooth’s surface just below the gum line. There are some basic methods to do scaling. With handheld instruments, We can scrape plaque from the tooth using a metal tool known as a dental scalar and curette. We will insert this thin tool beneath the gum line to access plaque where your toothbrush can’t reach.Alternately, we can choose an ultrasonic instrument to scale your teeth. This has been done by a vibrating metal tip combined with a cool water spray. Its tip removes tartar away as the water flushes out the pocket.
Dental scaling is followed by a procedure known as root planning. Root planning reaches deeper into your pockets to address the surface of the tooth’s root. This is also done like scaling. Root planning smoothens the surface of the root so the gums can reattach to each other properly.
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