Dentists frequently use periodontal scaling and root planning as the initial steps in treating gum disease. Root planning and scaling for periodontitis do not require surgery. Instead, they involve a thorough cleaning with handheld or ultrasonic equipment. According to research, manual deep cleaning using handheld devices and deep cleaning with ultrasonic tools produce comparable outcomes. Ultrasonic cleaning is quicker than manual cleaning, taking 20 to 50 percent less time while producing significant therapeutic effects.
Why are Root planning and scaling needed?
Plaque, a sticky layer of germs, causes gum disease. Plaque is constantly growing on your teeth, but if they are not adequately cleaned, the bacteria in plaque can lead to swollen gums. When this occurs, pockets—or spaces between the gums and the teeth—are created. Plaque becomes stuck in these pockets and cannot be eliminated by routine brushing. Gum disease may result in bone and tooth loss if left untreated. Professional cleaning should suffice if gum disease is detected early and has not already harmed the structures beneath the gum line. However, scaling and root planning are recommended if the spaces between the gums and teeth are too deep. According to studies, scaling and root planning are advantageous for people with chronic periodontitis.
How are root planning and scaling carried out?
The dentist may first use a topical or local anesthetic to numb the area of your mouth where they will be working. The periodontal pocket is reached once the dentist removes all the plaque and tartar from your teeth, including areas above and below the gum line. The dentist will then plane, or smooth off, the rough surfaces on the roots of your teeth after removing plaque. The gums can then reattach to your teeth after the procedure. Periodontal scaling and root planning may require more than one dental visit, depending on the patient’s current state. You may need a post-procedure checkup after this treatment.
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