Treat Gum Disease with a Scaling and Root Planing Treatment
Scaling and root planing, or dental deep cleaning, is important for treating and reversing the spread of gum disease in its earliest stages. In Manhattan, NY, Dr. David J. Poiman focuses on patient comfort and therefore uses a virtually painless stream of water for each deep cleaning treatment. At NY Center for Esthetic and Laser Dentistry, our entire team is dedicated to creating a relaxing and pleasant atmosphere for our patients.
What Is Scaling and Root Planing?
Scaling and root planing is one of the most effective non-surgical treatments for the beginning stages of gum disease. Non-surgical periodontal treatment cleans deep below the gums, addressing areas that cannot be reached with brushing and flossing alone. Scaling and root planing is similar to a routine dental cleaning. However, in this case, the gums are also numbed to provide comfort throughout the procedure. This treatment removes the plaque deposits that harbor bacteria, and smooths the surfaces of the tooth roots to prevent further plaque from reattaching.
Non-surgical periodontal treatment cleans deep below the gums, addressing areas that cannot be reached with brushing and flossing alone.
When Is Scaling and Root Planing Necessary?
When plaque and tartar collect around the gum line, it can result in gingivitis. If left untreated, the plaque deposits become trapped below the gums and begin to breed bacteria, which leads to the development of periodontal pockets. Mild and moderate periodontal disease can be effectively treated with scaling and root planing by eliminating bacteria and sealing pockets.
If your condition has developed into severe periodontitis, you may require more aggressive treatment. During your initial consultation, Dr. Poiman can help you determine which type of treatment is right for you.
Deep Cleaning Treatment Process
Scaling and root planing can be performed in our office by either Dr. Poiman or our hygienist. With the use of local anesthesia, your teeth and gums will be numbed. Once you are comfortable, a combination of special hand instruments and ultrasonic scalers will be used to clean plaque and tartar from the teeth and roots.
If you have areas of bone loss, localized antibiotics may be recommended, which are placed below the gums, directly into the periodontal pockets. Following treatment, most patients experience slight temperature sensitivity. This is normal and typically diminishes in a few weeks.
Benefits of Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy
Scaling and root planing offers numerous advantages. Some include:
- Whole Body Health: The same bacteria present in your oral cavity is present in your bloodstream. Therefore, if you have infection in your gums, it is also being carried to vital organs, such as your heart, lungs, and kidneys.
- Oral Health: If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to mobility and tooth loss. Scaling and root planing protects your natural teeth by reducing inflammation and periodontal pockets.
- Cosmetic Effects: In addition to eradicating plaque, scaling and root planing also removes stains from your tooth enamel for a sparkling shine.
- Improved Breath: Halitosis (bad breath) is often a byproduct of gingivitis and gum disease. By thoroughly cleaning out food debris and bacteria, scaling and root planing can eliminate bad taste and odor.
Studies show the gum disease may be linked to several types of systemic disorders, such as heart and lung disease and diabetes. By treating gum disease, you are investing in your overall health.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are experiencing symptoms of gingivitis, such as irritated, swollen, or bleeding gums, non-surgical periodontal treatment could be the solution for you. Our team of professionals is here to answer any questions you may have regarding your treatment. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Poiman, call our office at (212) 371-1414 or contact us online anytime.
While Dr. Poiman strives to increase his knowledge in the field of dentistry and share it with his patients, he has created a warm and friendly environment where 'going to the dentist' is simply more fun.