Scaling and Root Planing in Salem, MA
Scaling and root planing, otherwise known as conventional periodontal therapy, non-surgical periodontal therapy, or deep cleaning, is the process of removing or eliminating dental plaque, its products and calculus-which cause inflammation. This helps to establish a periodontium (specialized tissues that surround and support the teeth) that is free of disease.
Root Planing and Scaling (Deep Cleaning) for Gum Disease Scaling is a technique used where the plaque, tartar, and bio film are removed from your teeth just below your gum line. Regular deep cleanings can help reverse and prevent gum disease.
Root Planing immediately follows scaling and is a procedure where your dentist smooths the root surfaces of your teeth just below your gum line. This makes it much more difficult for biofilm and plaque to accumulate.
Root planing and scaling is one of the most effective ways to treat gum disease before it becomes severe. Root planing and scaling cleans between the gums and the teeth down to the roots of your teeth.
Benefits of Treatment If treatment is successful, scaling and planing may have many periodontal benefits. One is that it can help prevent disease. Research has proven that bacteria from periodontal infections can travel through the blood stream and affect other areas of the body, sometimes causing heart and respiratory diseases. Scaling and root planing remove bacteria that cause these conditions.
Another benefit of treatment is protecting teeth against tooth loss. When gum pockets exceed 3mm in depth, the risk for periodontal disease increases. As pockets deepen, more bacteria are able to colonize, eventually causing a chronic inflammatory response by the body to destroy gingival and bone tissue. This leads to tooth loss.
Finally, scaling and root planing may make the mouth more aesthetically pleasing, and should reduce bad breath caused from food particles and bacteria in the oral cavity. Superficial stains on the teeth will be removed during scaling and planing, adding an extra bonus to the procedures.
Learn more about Scaling and Root Planing at this educational video tutorial:
Periodontitis is a gum disease that could have serious complications if left untreated. If you have swollen gums or bleeding after brushing or flossing, it is time to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists at Aleris Salem Dental Center right in Downtown of Salem, MA
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