When you have an infection in the mouth and it is left untreated, bacteria can start to break down gum and bone tissue and this may eventually lead to tooth loss. There is no cure for periodontal disease at this time, but it can be managed effectively with periodontal therapy treatments like scaling and root planing. This procedure helps remove bacteria and tartar buildup, and prevents further irreversible bone loss associated with the advanced stages of gum disease.
Scaling and root planing is a nonsurgical procedure that Dr. Macaulay may recommend when diagnosing gum disease. The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis, and since this only affects the gum tissue, its effects are reversible. If it is left untreated, the problem can progress to periodontal disease which may damage bone and eventually lead to tooth loss. Many patients with gingivitis and periodontal disease experience bleeding and soreness of the gums when eating, brushing, and flossing.
The Scaling and Root Planing Procedure
This procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia and involves removing plaque and calculus using hand instruments and an ultrasonic tool. Your hygienist or Dr. Macaulay will use special instruments to clean the area below the gum line and also smooth out the rough surfaces of your teeth. A deep cleaning treatment like this will clear away tartar and plaque buildup, and help the gum tissue reattach to the tooth structure.
You need to take care of your oral health by brushing and flossing regularly, and by keeping your mouth as clean as possible between treatments. Healthy oral habits will reduce the risk of infection and also speed up the healing process. For more information about gingivitis treatment options and the scaling and root planing procedure in Valencia, CA, schedule your consultation with Dr. Macaulay today!