During examination, your full mouth was periodontally charted. This implies that estimations were taken of the “trough” around your teeth. A normal trough goes from 1 to 3 mm. Estimations of 4 mm show the indications of gum disease or periodontitis (otherwise called gum infection). The estimations can be higher because of swelling. After some time, the plaque that is left on the teeth can become fortified with minerals and become stuck like barnacles on a boat. The best way to clear this off is through routine expert cleanings. If the trough or “pocket” depth is more prominent than 3, at that point Scaling and Root Planing may be needed.
Scaling and root planing is the removal of all accumulations on the teeth and infected root structure. To achieve this, sedation might be required. After numb, the provider will focus on cleaning the areas of attachment loss that were found during the test.
Toward the end of the appointment, an ordinary polishing will be performed. Depending on the degree of the illness, a subsequent visit might be expected to completely debride the teeth, roots, and gums. In specific examples, a scaling might be done simultaneously with a series of antibiotic(s). This is used in the most extreme types of the infection only.
Generalized or Severe Loss of Attachment is Critical Warranting Scaling and Root Planing
Following Scaling and Root Planing, there is typically a few days of soreness. Over the counter anti-inflammatories and acetaminophen (Tylenol) can help to reduce pain while the body is healing.
Our staff can assist if ever you have pain following a procedure.
Periodontic Care and Gingivitis in Bluffton, SC
Scaling and root planning is also recommended for the treatment of gingivitis.
Gingivitis is a generative disease that can cause substantial tooth and gum deterioration. It is often causes by plaque and tarter on the teeth, which causes bacteria to thrive and multiply. The bacteria cause the gums to become inflamed and bleed. The condition becomes more noticeable when you brush your teeth or sometimes when you eat.
Gingivitis is easily treated by having the hygienist scale and polish the teeth. If gingivitis is left untreated, the problem will progress and the roots will need planing.
The difference between scaling and root planing is simple. Scaling is the removal of the dental tartar from the tooth surface. On the other hand, root planing is the process of smoothening the root surfaces and removing the infected tooth structure.
As a non-surgical process, scaling and planing is performed without any anesthesia, in the dentist’s office. While the process is usually painless, advanced stages of gingivitis may make it essential to numb the area for complete comfort.
Scaling and root planing is generally separated into one part of the mouth per appointment. This allows for sufficient healing time and minimizes the time for each appointment.