One of the best methods to abate this periodontal disease is to remove the tartar through a process referred to as scaling.
A deep cleaning is a specific procedure performed to treat gum and periodontal disease. It often must be completed because you may have missed your regular professional cleaning appointments every six months.
Your mouth is continually accumulating bacteria, or plaque. These bacteria, if left alone for too long, can then mineralize and begin to develop into tartar. Plaque can be removed through standard brushing and flossing, but when plaque becomes tartar, stronger measures are needed to intervene to remove the advanced decay.
At Implant Dentistry and Periodontics, we offer a wide variety of periodontal and dental implant services which include deep teeth cleaning, scaling and root planing treatments. Our attentive and compassionate team focuses on one goal and that is the absolute quality of your smile. We work with each patient in a peaceful, relaxed environment, and are both committed and dedicated to approaching your dental care as an important partner on your health team. If you would like to have an evaluation about the benefits of deep teeth cleaning and possibly scaling and root planing, call our Indianapolis office at 317-574-0600 or our Fishers office at 317-842-2273 to schedule your appointment today.
When tartar forms below the gumline, your gums will become infected, which will begin the process that leads to the development of periodontal disease. Early signs for you to look for if you have periodontal disease include red gums or gums that are swollen and bleed easily. As disease accelerates, your gums will begin to recede from your teeth and begin creating sagging pockets around the teeth, which just create even more opportunities for the bacteria to grow. When this occurs, you now have become even more susceptible to developing common periodontal issues, such as bad breath, tooth decay, tooth pain, and if left untreated, eventual tooth loss.
One of the best methods to abate this periodontal disease is to remove the tartar through a process referred to as scaling. The scaling procedure involves Implant Dentistry and Periodontics using specialty dental instruments that are designed to gently remove the tartar from your teeth without affecting the enamel. When this scaling moves further down the tooth it is referred to as planing.
There are a wide range of important health benefits associated with having a scaling and root planing procedure. At Implant Dentistry and Periodontics scaling and root planing can:
- Provide Protection for your Teeth: Periodontal disease is a leading cause of tooth loss. The risk for periodontal disease is much greater if your gum pockets begin to exceed a depth of 3mm. When the pockets get deeper, more dangerous bacteria lingers and thrives. Tooth loss can occur when the inflammatory response of the body is triggered and begins to destroy your gingival and bone tissue.
- Prevent Disease: Oral bacteria that lead to these periodontal infections are also able to travel through the bloodstream to other areas of your body. Periodontal bacteria can lead to lung infections and heart disease. Procedures like scaling and root planing will remove these bacteria and while impeding the progression of periodontal disease, also preventing the bacteria from spreading into your body.
- Improve Your Aesthetic Appearance: Deep teeth cleaning, scaling and root planing will also remove any superficial stains already on your teeth because the process removes any present plaque below the gumline and on the teeth, giving you a whiter smile.
- Improves Halitosis or bad breath: How do you know if you have periodontal disease? Halitosis, or bad breath, is a quite common sign. A bad odor persists if unwanted food debris and bacteria are thriving in the oral cavity. Deep teeth cleaning, scaling and root planing are techniques that can eliminate halitosis and restore your good breath.
Scaling and Root Planing Process
After the team at Implant Dentistry and Periodontics complete an extensive examination to define your oral health, the scaling and root planing procedure can begin. We most likely will recommend administering a local anesthetic for use depending on some factors like the current state of your gums, the amount of tartar on your teeth, the overall depth of the pockets, and the stage of the periodontitis.
- Scaling: During the scaling procedure, we use unique dental instruments to perform the scaling, sometimes including the use of an ultrasonic scaling tool. This tool can also remove the tartar and plaque build-up from the surfaces of the root and crown. This tool can also enable us to use an irrigation process to insert an antimicrobial agent underneath the gums. This can be used to decrease the number of oral bacteria.
- Root Planing: The root planing process involves removing the cementum and dentin on the root’s surface that is dense with unwanted microorganisms, toxins, and calculus. The tooth root is smoothed out, removing the bacteria, to facilitate the healing. The cleaner and smoother your root surfaces are, the less likely that bacteria will thrive there.
At Implant Dentistry and Periodontics, we offer a wide range of periodontal and dental implant services. Our caring and compassionate team has one collective priority and that is your smile.
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Post Procedure Care
The most important thing you can do following your scaling and root planing procedure is to continue to practice good, at home, oral hygiene habits. Brush your teeth twice daily and for at least two minutes each time and continue flossing regularly. We might introduce you to an antimicrobial mouth rinse as well.
Along with these all important daily, preventative practices, the next best thing you can do is to compliment your efforts by scheduling regular visits every six months with us at Implant Dentistry and Periodontics. Sometimes we will alternate cleanings with a referring dentist. During these routine checkups, we can conduct deep cleanings and monitor the overall state of your oral health, catching issues before they develop. By maintaining these preventative habits, you will be well on your way to avoiding additional issues from developing in your future.
Earning your Trust with High Quality Periodontal Care
When you visit us at Implant Dentistry and Periodontics, you will be working with a very professional yet friendly team that has the most advanced dental technology available in our clinic. We are considerate in listening to your dental goals and we will design personalized treatment for you that works with your unique budget and goals. Our intentions focus on adding value back into that special personal asset, your smile, so every one of our services are performed with your best interests and oral health in mind.
At Implant Dentistry and Periodontics, we want you to always feel comfortable, relaxed, and restful in the dental chair, and to feel totally confident in our services. Scheduling an appointment for a deep teeth cleaning, scaling and root planing is an important first step towards being proactive in your oral health. To schedule an appointment, call our Indianapolis office, 8801 North Meridian St., Ste 103, Indianapolis, at 317-574-0600 or our Fishers office, 9885 E. 116th St, Ste 300, Fishers, at 317-842-2273.