Bellevue Periodontal Scaling & Root Planing
Periodontal disease is not only preventable, but also treatable.
Because the disease is caused by an infection of bacteria and the
inflammation caused by the immune response, we can work to manage the infection using a procedure known
as periodontal scaling and root planing.
What is Scaling and Root Planing?
Scaling and root planing is a professional removal of the tartar that
is responsible for periodontal disease. This tarter (calculus) is a hardened form
of plaque that harbors harmful bacteria. It is not removable using
conventional brushing and flossing techniques. During scaling, we use special instruments to remove the tartar from the
teeth. Root planing follows, during which the tooth root is smoothed to
prevent future tartar accumulation. A topical or oral antibiotic may
also be administered to eliminate all remaining bacteria and prevent
recurrent infection. Patients may be advised to pursue a healthier diet
and to quit using tobacco products. And of course, an improved
oral hygeine will be needed to make sure the inflammation is under
control. Patients that undergo "deep cleaning" or scaling and root
planing will have to return and have their gums evaluated every 3-4
Other Treatments and Recommendations
Some types of advanced periodontal disease may require additional
treatment and management. Patients with advanced gum or bone loss may
benefit from grafting, and those who have deep pockets in the gums may
undergo flap surgery to help the gums better adhere to the teeth.
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