When you go to the dentist, scaling and root planing may be recommended by your doctor. This is because the practice is an essential part of periodontal maintenance and caring for your teeth. Knowledge is always power, so we recommend that our patients understand why we choose to perform this procedure on so many of our patients. Here are the top three things you should know about root planing and scaling before you next find yourself in the dentist’s chair.
- Scaling Is Not Scary
Scaling is the first part of what dentists call a deep cleaning. When your dentist scales the teeth, he or she is gently scraping the surface of the teeth to remove the plaque and tartar that has accumulated near the gum line. This buildup can occur above and below the gum line, so it is essential to remove it as soon as possible.
- Root Planing Invites Reattachment
One of the dangers of plaque and tartar buildup is that it interferes with the attachment of the gums to the teeth. When the buildup is removed during scaling, it creates a smooth surface for the gums and roots to maintain a healthy bond. Root planing takes this one step further by smoothing out the roots and inviting your gums to reattach to your teeth.
- It Helps You Keep Your Teeth
Did you know that gum disease is an epidemic in the US? The American Dental Association estimates that over half of all adults in the US suffer from this disease in one of its various stages. The condition begins as gingivitis, where the gums become red and inflamed due to the buildup of plaque and tartar that can accumulate at and below the gum line. When the infection is allowed to continue, the condition can progress so far that patients lose their natural teeth. Scaling the teeth and root planing removes this plaque and tartar, invites reattachment of the gums, and keeps the process from progressing.
Scaling and root planing are both essential steps in the deep cleaning process. Contact Dr. McIntyre at Clearsprings Dentistry in Kyle, TX today to learn more and schedule an appointment.