Scaling and Root Planing 101

Gum disease is a serious and dangerous dental issue that can destroy your smile and oral health. It begins when the plaque on your teeth is left untreated. After some time, the plaque will irritate and infect your gums. Eventually, it will deteriorate your underlying bone and result in loose and lost teeth.

There are a few treatments available for this dental issue, and one of those treatments is scaling and root planing. To help you know more about scaling and root planing in New Haven, CT, our Comprehensive Dental Health dental team is happy to provide the following information:

The reasons for treatment

This treatment is extremely necessary because it deeply cleans your smile and eliminates the substances that attack your oral health each day. Gum disease is a dangerous condition that irritates the gums, deteriorates the underlying bones, and results in tooth loss. When the disease first takes hold of your smile, it irritates the gums, making them pull away from the teeth to create pockets. In these pockets, plaque, tartar, and bacteria begin to harbor there. If these pockets are not cleaned on a regular basis, you will lose your beautiful and charming smile.

The process of scaling and root planing

The process of scaling and root planing first begins with the scaling section. Your dentist will start by deeply cleaning above and below your gumline. This will remove the harmful substances that reside on the surfaces of your teeth as well as in the pockets of your smile. Your dentist will then start root planing. This section will involve your dentist smoothing out the surfaces of your tooth roots so the gums can reattach themselves. While [heshe] is treating your gums, Dr. Dr. Joseph Tagliarini will insert medication into the pocket to promote healing.

Aftercare tips

The recovery process is very important. You might feel a little bit of tenderness and sensitivity for about a week or so, but your dentist will prescribe a medication or an oral rinse to you if necessary. Be gentle as you brush and floss each day and try to prevent infection.

Now that you know all about a beneficial treatment for gum disease, we encourage you to look for any signs of the disease. If you experience constant bad breath, bleeding gums, or receding gums, we strongly encourage you to call Comprehensive Dental Health immediately and schedule an appointment with Dr. Dr. Joseph Tagliarini. Our team is here to help you if you just call 203-624-5515 as soon as possible.