Periodontitis, AKA gum disease, is caused by a sticky film of bacteria called plaque. Plaque is always trying to build up on your teeth, and if your teeth aren’t cleaned well, the bacteria in plaque can cause your gum tissue to become inflamed. If left untreated, your gums will begin to pull away from your teeth, leaving pockets where the bacteria can breed. At this point, not only is the bacteria extremely difficult (if not impossible) to remove with regular brushing and flossing, you’re at risk of bone and tooth loss. If you are diagnosed with periodontitis, Dr. Holmes will likely recommend scaling and root planing.
What Is Scaling And Root Planing Treatment?
Scaling and root planing is a two-part procedure to treat periodontitis. Scaling is when Dr. Holmes removes all of the plaque and tartar (calcified plaque) above and below your gumline in a process similar to what the hygienist does at a regular dental cleaning. It’s important that he cleans all the way down to the bottom of the pocket. Dr. Holmes then begins the second phase of treatment, which is root planing. Root planing involves smoothing out your teeth rootsto help your gums re-attach to your teeth. This also keeps bacteria, plaque, and tartar from re-adhering underneath the gumline. The process may take more than one appointment to make sure that your teeth are clean and healthy.
After Your Procedure
When you see Dr. Holmes for followup treatments, he will want to check on the healing of your teeth and gums. In most cases, patients who had red or swollen gums find that their gums turn pink again and bleeding from periodontitis lessens or completely disappears. If your gums respond well and remain stable, you won’t need further treatment.
To schedule a consultation or to ask any questions about scaling and root planing, give us a call at Charleston Office – (304) 343-3672 Hurricane Office – (304) 201-3672 Huntington Office – (304) 781-8600 or send us an email.