Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and Root planing treatment for gum disease performed in by our hygienists in the office of Dr. Douglas Johnston, DDS. Scaling and Root planing a dental service for gum disease management. Your trusted family dentist in Centennial, CO providing scaling and root planing treatment.
Periodontal disease can result in serious consequences and needs to be addressed immediately. Treatment will vary depending on the progression of the disease. This can be determined through dental x-rays and an exam by your dentist and hygienist. The most effective initial treatment consists of scaling and root planing in conjunction with antibiotic treatment.
Gum disease occurs because bacteria accumulate on the teeth and forms dental plaque. If the plaque is not removed thoroughly, it will attach to the root surface inside the gum and produce a pocket, causing constant irritation to the adjacent gum. The gum becomes swollen, will appear slightly to moderately red, and can result in frequent bleeding. When the gums reach this stage, it is called gingivitis.
If gingivitis is not controlled, the bone will begin to dissolve in order to avoid bacteria. Once the bone begins to dissolve, we call this state of gum disease periodontitis. Eventually, the teeth become loose and may abscess or be lost.
Regular visits to the dentist for cleaning and X-ray films helps prevent periodontal disease. Inform the dentist of any health problems or current medications being taken. Teeth do not have to be lost to periodontal disease. With proper care, a person’s teeth should last a lifetime.
Good oral hygiene prevents periodontal disease.
Brush the teeth at least twice every day. Brushing removes plaque from the inner, outer, and chewing surfaces of each tooth. A dental hygienist can demonstrate the proper technique.
Get a new toothbrush every three months or replace the head of electric brushes every three months or sooner based on wear from the indicator bristles. Some electric tooth brushes have been proven to reduce the risk of periodontal disease.
Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride.
Floss every day. Flossing removes plaque between the teeth that a toothbrush cannot reach.
Use a mouthwash that kills bacteria.
Eat a well-balanced diet, avoid too many sweets and processed carbohydrates.
Periodontal disease treatment
Treatment of Gum Disease
We treat periodontal (gum) disease with a Deep Cleaning (Scaling and Root Planing). Our dental hygienist removes the plaque through a deep-cleaning method called scaling and root planing. Scaling means scraping off the tartar from above and below the gum line.
Root planing gets rid of rough spots on the tooth root where the germs gather, and helps remove bacteria that contribute to the disease. In some cases a laser may be used to remove plaque and tartar. This procedure can result in less bleeding, swelling, and discomfort compared to traditional deep cleaning methods.
Scaling and root planing is one of the most effective ways to treat gum disease before it becomes severe. Scaling and root planing cleans between the gums and the teeth down to the roots. Your dentist may need to use a local anesthetic to numb your gums and the roots of your teeth.
Our dental hygienists may use an ultrasonic tool for the SRP (scaling and root planing). This tool is not as uncomfortable as a standard scraping tool, but not all cleanings require this type of tool.