Scaling and Root Planing Mesa, AZ
At East Valley Implants & Periodontal Center, we can reduce gum swelling and improve the health of your teeth supporting tissues through a process called Scaling and Root Planing. This treatment goes deeper, we want to clean below the gum line and remove the bacteria filled debris that is causing inflammation and irritation in your gum tissues. Commonly known as Periodontitis, this form of gum disease can have long term effects if not properly cared for.
What is Periodontis?
Periodontitis is the inflammation of gum tissues also known as Gum Disease. When tartar, which is a naturally forming product created from a mixture of food debris and saliva, rests at the base of our teeth, the damage begins. If not brushed away, this bacteria filled mixture can extend down between your teeth and the gum tissue that is there to support our teeth. If not removed, tartar will harden into a material we refer to as Calculus. Calculus needs to be removed by a dental hygienist to help ensure damage to your teeth is not done.
To heal from Peridontitis, we being with a deep cleaning known as Scaling and Root Planing.
Do I need to have a Deep Cleaning through Scaling and Root Planing?
Our dentists, Dr. Jorgenson, Dr. Capps, or Dr. Harbertson, look for several factors in determining if a deep cleaning through Scaling and Root Planing is right for you. They will look for red, irritated looking gums that bleed easily. They will also measure the gum pockets, anything above 3 mm will catch our attention. They look for signs that indicate infection being present in your gum tissues. If they see these signs, they may determine that a deep cleaning is the best course of action.
What is Scaling and Root Planing?
Scaling and Root Planing cleans below the gum lines. It is a method of treating gum disease.
ScalingScaling is a procedure in which we remove contaminated plaque, calculus, microorganisms that are brewing, and toxins from the gum line down to the bottom of each periodontal pocket. We do this in order to obtain a healing response.
Root PlaningFollowing the removal of bacteria, we perform Root planing, which involves smoothing your root surfaces with thin dental instruments. We do this to promote your gum tissue more firmly reattaching to the now clean and smooth roots, to prevent tooth loss and sensitivity problems.
Additionally, this procedure makes it more difficult for plaque, calculus, and bacteria to accumulate in the future along these root surfaces.
Is this procedure painful?
Scaling and Root Planing may be a slightly uncomfortable procedure. We are able to numb the area before proceeding. This process may require one to six office visits to complete. Depending on the extent of the disease, we may find it necessary to clean one or more quadrants of the mouth.
We may recommend Scaling and Root Planing if we see:
|•||harmful bacteria present|
|•||gum pocket size exceeds 3 mm|
|•||gum disease associated bleeding|
|•||inflammation of your supporting tissues|
|•||pain or discomfort associated with gum disease|
|•||help prevent bone loss due to tooth loss or atrophy|
|•||help prevent tooth loss due to gum disease|
|•||help reduce systemic disease|
After my Scaling and Root Planning Procedure
Following your Deep Cleaning, we will send you home with instructions including:
|•||rinsing with warm salt water|
|•||avoid chewing for 2 hours after this procedure|
|•||keep your fingers and tongue away from the areas that have been treated|
|•||take and over the counter pain reliever such as Tylenol or ibuprofen to help with any discomfort|
|•||Do NOT take aspirin because it may prolong bleeding|
|•||you may be prescribed an oral rinse|
|•||Do NOT smoke or chew tobacco for at least 72 hours|
For more information on Periodontitis and how we can help through Scaling and Root Planing, contact on of our three dentists:
We are happy to answer your questions at our Mesa, AZ 480-376-2848 option 1 and Scottsdale, AZ 480-376-2848 option 2 locations.