Scaling and root planing can treat mild to moderate gum disease before it reaches its advanced stages. At our Phoenix, AZ, dental practice, Dr. John Dovgan uses an advanced ultrasonic hand instrument to remove plaque and tartar from below the gumline, relieving inflammation and allowing soft tissues to heal. Dr. Dovgan uses advanced techniques to restore the health of your gums in the best possible comfort.
About Scaling and Root Planing
Also called a “deep dental cleaning”, scaling and root planing is a nonsurgical approach to treating gum disease. The process is similar to a routine cleaning with your hygienist. However, unlike a routine cleaning, local anesthesia is administered to numb the gums. This allows the clinician to clean deep below the gum line, eliminating bacteria in hard-to-reach areas.
About Gum Disease
When plaque accumulates on the teeth, it eventually results in a condition known as periodontal disease (gum disease). In its early stages, gum disease is characterized by red, swollen gums. This stage is called gingivitis, and it can be reversed with improved oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings. However, as the disease progresses, the infection will lead to deep pockets between the gums and teeth where bacteria continually breed. These areas cannot be reached with brushing and flossing alone. Therefore, more involved treatments become necessary.
Gum disease symptoms include:
- Sore or tender gums
- Gum recession
- Chronic bad breath
- Increased sensitivity
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, reach out to your dentist right away.
Once these irritants have been removed, planing (smoothing the tooth roots) is performed to discourage the accumulation of bacteria in the future.
The Treatment Process
Before beginning the procedure, Dr. Dovgan administers local anesthesia. This numbs the teeth and gums and ensures your comfort during the treatment process. Next, Dr. Dovgan will use an ultrasonic hand instrument to remove bacteria and tartar both above and below the gum line. The device makes minute vibrations that loosen plaque and tartar. Once these irritants have been removed, planing (smoothing the tooth roots) is performed to discourage the accumulation of bacteria in the future.
Early Treatment Is Key
Once gum disease reaches the advanced stages, the condition becomes chronic. Although it can be controlled, it will require careful ongoing care.
When gum disease reaches advanced stages, bacteria can easily spread throughout the body via the bloodstream. This has been shown to increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia, and other serious health issues.
You can avoid many complications by attending regular checkups and contacting a dentist as soon as you notice symptoms of gum disease. Dr. Dovgan and his team are here to provide the care you need in order to help you achieve and maintain the best possible oral health.
Book a Consultation Today
If you notice signs of gum disease, or if you are not visiting a dentist on a regular basis, schedule a visit with Dr. Dovgan. After a careful analysis of your smile, he can recommend the most appropriate treatment. Call us at (602) 867-1899 or contact us online.