Scaling and Root Planing for Gum Disease

Gum Disease Moreno Valley, CA

Scaling and root planing for gum disease is an often performed dental procedure that involves cleaning deep down toward the tooth root and below the gum line to remove built-up plaque and tartar. It is a more extensive form of routine dental cleaning and often necessary when treating advanced cases of gum disease.

Treating gum disease with scaling and root planing

Minor instances of gum disease can often be treated through improvements in your at-home oral health routine and through routine dental cleanings. However, scaling and root planing is often a better solution. The following is a review of how dentists use scaling and root planing to clean the gums and treat gum disease in the long term.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease, also called periodontitis, refers to an oral infection that damages the gums and the underlying jawbone. Symptoms of gum disease include bleeding gums, gum swelling, gums that move away from teeth (gum recession), pockets between the teeth and gums, and bone loss. It is most often caused by poor oral hygiene and relatively easy to prevent with consistent oral care and regular dental visits.

Gingivitis is considered by many to be a mild form of gum disease, although some dentists separate the term from periodontitis. Gingivitis is milder and typically able to be treated through less extensive measures than scaling and root planing.

What is scaling and root planing?

Scaling and root planing is a way to treat severe cases of gum disease, particularly those that are not able to be properly addressed through routine cleanings or improvements in oral care. The procedure involves cleaning the crown of the tooth, removing plaque and tartar buildup along the gum line, and going deeper toward the tooth root and underneath the gum line to remove bacteria and plaque.

When are scaling and root planing necessary?

As mentioned, scaling and root planing is necessary for severe cases of gum disease. Some symptoms of severe gum disease that may indicate that scaling and root planing is needed include severe bleeding when pressure is placed upon the gums, abnormal swelling of the gums, bone loss in the jaw, gum recession and loose teeth. If these symptoms exist, then it is important to contact a dentist as soon as possible.

What to expect after treatment

The patient can return home after scaling and root planing. Some discomfort may exist, although it typically goes away within 24 hours and can be managed through over-the-counter pain relief medication. The dentist should also provide dietary limitations during the recovery, which may include reducing the consumption of sugar and avoiding foods that are hard to chew or sticky.

Contact our dental team to learn more about gum disease

You can reach our dental team by phone or email to learn more about gum disease treatment options, and we can explain the process of scaling and root planing to you in greater detail during a consultation visit. Our dental team is friendly and happy to address any concerns you may have about gum disease and its treatment.

Request an appointment here: https://www.drjoshidental.com or call Megha Joshi DDS and Achyut Joshi DDS at (951) 707-4374 for an appointment in our Moreno Valley office.

Check out what others are saying about our dental services on Yelp: Gum Disease in Moreno Valley, CA.

Recent Posts

Dental Hygiene Can Help Prevent Gum Disease

We can set you on the right routine to prevent gum disease and live a happy pain-free life.When it comes to your oral health, proper oral hygiene and regular checkups at our dental office can help prevent gum disease. Even if the early symptoms of gum disease don't seem to cause any pain, prompt treatment…

Healthy Gums And Healthy Teeth Go Hand In Hand

Bleeding gums can be a sign of vigorous brushing or something worse. Call for a checkup.If you're looking for answers to why your gums are irritated or bleeding, we can help. When it comes to oral health, there are multiple reasons for bleeding gums. We can identify the source of the issue and provide treatment.From…

How Laser Dentistry Can Treat Gum Disease

Learning what laser dentistry is and how it works is something every dental patient should do, as this allows them to make treatment choices that are right for them. Modern-day dentistry has allowed for the evolution of so many kinds of dental advancements, including laser dentistry, which has been proven to produce successful results for…

A Visit To The Dentist Can Be Painless

Laser dentistry is a great option for painless dental treatment that does not need the use of metal tools.Instead of having to use traditional metal tools to clean your teeth, we can use laser dentistry. Along with enhancing the overall cleaning process, laser dentistry can also help with various procedures in the dental office. With…

Recent Posts

A Quick Guide To Getting Braces

A Quick Guide To Getting Braces

If you are thinking about getting braces, then you may be wondering what the process is like. This process may make some people nervous. Knowing a bit more about what goes into it can help calm your fears. It can also help you prepare for getting braces. It is important for you to remember that…

How Does A Kid Friendly A Dentist Replace Kids&#    ; Missing Teeth?

How Does A Kid Friendly A Dentist Replace Kids' Missing Teeth?

Wondering how a kid friendly dentist replaces a child's missing teeth? There are a few options that can be explored, however, it is good for parents to know that the process can be involved. Additionally, children are not always keen on the idea of tooth replacement, which often requires the help of a kid friendly…