Treat Gum Disease with a Scaling and Root Planing Treatment
At the NY Center for Esthetic and Laser Dentistry, we use advanced tools to deliver the highest possible level of care and protect your oral health.
What Is Scaling and Root Planing?
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?
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.