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Scaling and Root Planing: When It Is Needed?

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Studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that around 47.2% of all adults in the United States over the age of 30 years have some type of periodontal disease. This type of disease increases with age and can progress quickly if actions are not taken. Scaling and root planing are among the most common treatments to combat periodontal disease.

What Are Scaling and Root Planing?

These procedures are designed to help prevent periodontal disease. This treatment involves performing a deep cleaning below the gumline to remove any signs of disease or infection.

What Happens During These Procedures?

During the procedure, you will be provided a local anesthetic to minimize the discomfort you may experience. An ultrasonic scaler will be used to chip any existing tartar from your teeth in areas above the gum line. A water spray that is attached to the scaler will then be used to wash the tartar away and flush any plaque from pockets in the gums. Any small pieces of tartar that remain will be removed with a scraping device and a dental scaler.

The root planing procedure will then address areas below the gum. Using the same tools, Dr. Egger will push the gum tissue aside to expose the root surfaces in your teeth. Tartar will then be chipped away from the roots, creating a smooth finish. In some instances, antibiotic medications may be injected into the pockets of the gum to treat infections or prevent them from forming.

When Are Scaling and Root Planing Needed?

There are several issues that can indicate that you may have gum disease that needs to be addressed with scaling and root planing. Common signs include:

  • Recessed gums
  • Toothaches
  • Blooding, swollen, or red gums
  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth

If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, you should make an appointment right away to ensure your issues do not worsen.

See if Scaling and Root Planing Is Right for You

To see if scaling and root planing can help you, contact Dr. Kenneth Egger, D.D.S., by calling his Mount Pleasant, Michigan, office at 989-773-3560, or feel free to use the online form to request an appointment.