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What Is Scaling And Root Planing?


Posted on 12/19/2022 by Pine Belt Periodontics
What Is Scaling And Root Planing?If you have been diagnosed with advanced gum disease, you may have heard of the terms scaling and root planing. Here is some additional information about what scaling and root planing are and how they can help your gums and your overall health.

About Gum Disease


When you get diagnosed with gum disease, it is important to know what stage of gum disease you have. There are three stages of gum disease. Stage One is called gingivitis.

If you have gingivitis, you have to get better at your brushing and flossing routine. You also need to visit the dentist regularly.

However, if you have been diagnosed with Stage Two or Stage Three of gum disease, called periodontitis, you need a deeper cleaning. Dental practitioners need to get your gums as clean as possible to prevent the spread of gum disease.

Scaling and Root Planing


When you undergo a scaling and root planing process, the dentist will deeply clean the tartar, bacteria, and any remaining food particles from your gums. Scaling means deep cleaning. Your gums will get a cleaning both above and below the gum line. The cleaner the dentist can get your gums, the healthier your gums will be.

Root planing means the dentist will be smoothing out your tooth roots, which may be exposed due to advanced gum disease. After your tooth roots are smooth, they should reattach to your teeth, which saves your tooth from tooth loss.

Both scaling and root planing are essential if you want to save your teeth and gums. While many adults have lost at least one tooth, if you lose a tooth, you risk losing more teeth.

Tooth loss may even mean bone loss in your jaw. That's why scaling and root planing for gum disease is so important. If you have questions about scaling and root planing, we can help. Visit us for more information.


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