Root planing is a preventative dental procedure designed to remove dental plaque and tartar. Commonly associated with dental scaling, root planing is one of the most effective methods for treating gum disease before it becomes too severe. Depending on the patient, a local anesthetic may be given to numb the gums and roots of the teeth before performing the root planing and scaling procedure.
Root planing is an extremely effective way to clean between the gums and the teeth all the way down to the roots. It is commonly used when gum disease has been detected and is in the early stages, or when it’s found a patient may be at risk for gum disease. Root planing specifically involves a careful and detailed scaling of the root surface to lessen inflammation of the gum tissue. Essentially, root planing is a deep cleaning of your teeth that will need to be performed in order to ensure there is not a build-up of plaque or other bacteria that could lead to more serious issues down the line.
When Root Planing and Scaling Need to be Performed
Root planing is typically needed when the gums have begun to pull away from the teeth or the roots of the teeth have developed tartar (hard mineral deposits) on them. It may be difficult to detect a plaque build-up on your own, which is why it is important to schedule regular appointments with Dr. Nishimura.
What Is Plaque and why is it Dangerous?
Plaque is one of those dental terms most people have heard before, but what exactly is it and why is it dangerous? Plaque shows up as a yellow-greyish film that sticks to the tooth surfaces, both natural and implants. It contains a combination of bacteria that are impossible to remove by simply rinsing or using sprays.
A build-up of plaque can be dangerous because it can affect the overall health of the bone. In extreme cases, plaque can lead to a loss of bone and attachment tissues, which is referred to as periodontal disease. In the case you are showing early signs of plaque build-up or gum disease, it is a good idea to receive a deep cleaning or root planing at our office in order to maintain the overall health of your teeth and gums.
Does Root Planing and Scaling Work?
Once our hygienist performs root planing and scaling it is imperative for the patient to maintain good oral hygiene practices from there on out and get their teeth clean on a regular basis. If good dental care practices are performed, the progression of gum disease should stop and the patient’s gums should once again become firm and pink.
Certain patients may need to take antibiotics before and after the surgery in order to stave off infection, as harmful bacteria may be loosened into the bloodstream during the procedure. If you have any questions regarding the root planing procedure or think this may be something you are in need of, please do not hesitate to contact our office today.