Scaling and root planing is one of the safe and effective techniques used by our dental office to treat gum disease. Known for affecting millions of adults in the United States, this common oral health problem leads to bone and tooth loss as well as issues pertaining to the heart, brain, liver, lungs, and other vital organs. Without timely treatment, it can significantly damage a patient’s mouth and body. Individuals who are suffering from gum disease in Naperville are encouraged to contact our office to schedule an appointment with our periodontal specialist .
Once an individual is evaluated for gum disease, our periodontal specialist will determine if they are in need of scaling and root planing. The most identifiable way to know, however, is by considering whether the person has receding gums, soft tissue inflammation and/or bleeding, tender gums, or bad breath.
Dental X-rays may also be required for our team to see beneath the gumline and determine if a problem exists.
This two-part process is non-surgical, making it a less invasive option than other forms of treatment. Our team will first start by eliminating any bacteria and plaque that has accumulated around the teeth and beneath the gumline (scaling). Once this is complete, the next step is to smooth out the teeth’s roots to not only encourage reattachment of the gums to the teeth but also minimize the potential for bacteria to reinfect the area in the future (root planing).
Depending on the severity of the buildup, it may require one or multiple appointments.
Individuals who receive scaling and root planing can expect to experience great benefits from this procedure, such as: