Scaling and root planing in Wilmington, Delaware
Are you noticing a lot of tartar deposits in your mouth? Do you think you may have some gum disease? If you are nodding yes, you may be wondering how you can get rid of the deposits or get treatment for your gum disease.
Scaling and root planing are some of the most commonly done dental procedures in Wilmington to treat gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis. Scaling and root planing procedures are frequently referred to as deep teeth cleaning.
Our mouth acts as a host to millions of microbes. While most of these are harmless, some can be disease-causing in certain situations. Faulty oral hygiene practices and a diet rich in sugars can lead to plaque accumulation, which houses these disease-causing bacteria. Eventually, the plaque hardens to form calculus or tartar, which tenaciously holds itself to the tooth structure and gum diseases. The bacteria release toxic acidic byproducts, which lead to dental decay and gum diseases. Scaling and root planing is carried out to remove such offending deposits, prevent as well as treat gum diseases.
So, what happens during scaling and root planing at Wilmington Periodontics and Implants?
During your first appointment, our dentist will conduct a complete oral examination. In addition to this, they may also recommend some dental X-rays. If they see a lot of tartar or diagnose you with gum disease, the first thing they will advise you is to go for a scaling and root planing procedure.
At Wilmington Periodontics and Implants, scaling is carried out with the help of ultrasonic scalers or hand scalers. Tartar and bacterial plaque build-up from all the surfaces of the teeth, near and below the gum line is removed. If you have gum pockets, the hard deposits from these areas will also be removed using precise motions.
Root planing is a procedure in which our dental professional will go deeper into the gumline to smoothen the roots of the teeth. Any remaining tartar and infected tissue are also removed during this procedure. The process of root planing focuses on smoothening of the teeth’ roots. This prevents the accumulation of bacteria, plaque, and tartar in the future.
Removal of offending bacteria-laden deposits from the surfaces of the teeth structure and gums allows the gums to heal finally. Few days after you have had your scaling and root planing procedure done at a clinic in Delaware, you will see that your gums have started to heal. Gums begin to come back to their former position, and any swelling if present subsides. If you had slightly mobile teeth, healing post scaling would also help reduce it and prevent eventual tooth loss.
Scaling and root planing gives your gums a chance to heal, which in turn gives you another opportunity for better oral health. Ensure you maintain good oral hygiene post your procedure at Wilmington Periodontics and Implants to maintain your oral health. Brush twice a day and floss every day to ensure that no plaque accumulation occurs. In addition to this, schedule regular dental appointments to ensure that you are at the top of your oral health.
If you have any more questions or would like to know more about scaling and root planing procedures in Delaware, please reach out. We value our patients and aim to provide you with the best and comfortable dental experience at Wilmington Periodontics and Implants.