Routine teeth cleanings are an important part of your oral health care regimen. You should see your dentist every six months and receive yearly X-rays. But sometimes cleanings and at-home care aren’t enough for patients with gum disease. In this case, your dentist may recommend a deep cleaning, which involves scaling and root planing.
When Is Scaling & Root Planing Needed?
Gum disease can wreak havoc on your mouth, causing inflammation and gum recession as well as weakening the tissues that hold your teeth in place. It’s important to treat it before it advances too far. If you have bad breath, heavy plaque buildup, or your gum pocket depth is four millimeters or more, your dentist may recommend this procedure to restore your mouth’s health.
What Will the Dentist Do?
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical treatment that’s more involved than your regular cleaning and may take more than one visit. Your dentist can apply a local anesthetic to ensure you aren’t in any discomfort. They will first use the scaler to remove all the plaque and tartar from your teeth and roots. Then, the dentist will smooth the surfaces of your roots to protect them from future plaque buildup. Your dentist may request that you come in for a follow-up to ensure your gums are healing after the procedure. In most cases, your gums will be restored to normal, and disease symptoms will be eliminated.
If you have gum disease and need scaling and root planing, the staff at Cherry Hill Dentistry will make the process easy and comfortable. The father-daughter-owned dental practice treats their Lincoln, NE, patients like family. From general to cosmetic dentistry, you’ll find the comprehensive care you need to keep your mouth healthy, strong, and beautiful. Call (402) 488-2383 or send a message online to schedule your appointment today.