Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleanings)

Graceful Smiles Dentistry

Once gum disease begins to develop inside of a person’s mouth, a routine “preventive” cleaning isn’t enough. Instead, a deeper cleaning is needed. One that can access the deep deposits of bacteria and tartar that are causing the loss of attached gum tissue.

Gum Disease is the Leading Cause of Tooth Loss

Periodontal disease (gum disease) is caused by inadequate cleaning around the teeth and may be associated with genetics or nutrition as well. Certain health conditions can also make it more difficult to manage, due to the strain placed on a person’s immune system. This causes the bone to be lost around the teeth, gums to detach, teeth to become mobile, and ultimately for teeth to fall out on their own.

Untreated Gum Disease is Shown to Harm a Person’s Health

The bacteria present in gum disease can dislodge and enter into a person’s blood supply. This not only makes it difficult to fight off infection, it also complicates things by placing a strain on the immune system. Studies have shown the more severe the gum disease is, the more likely a person’s systemic health condition is to progress.

Conditions directly linked with gum disease include:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular diseases including high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack
  • Sleep apnea
  • Premature labor and low birth weight infants

By eliminating this infection, you can help your body better control and fight other health conditions as well.

The Treatment Process

During a scaling and root planing appointment, we will numb one side of the mouth to keep you as comfortable as possible. Hand instrumentation is then used to thoroughly scale all of the tooth and root surfaces free of loose and calcified bacteria. A 2nd appointment for the other side of the mouth will follow.



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