Scaling and root planing are often suggested if you are suffering from periodontal or gum disease.
Scaling and root planing are often suggested if you are suffering from periodontal or gum disease. Gum disease can involve issues with your gums that are bleeding or inflamed. If left untreated periodontal disease will result in the deterioration of the jawbone and the eventual loss of the tooth.
The staff at Northside Dental share a common philosophy and that is to treat you as a person first, as a patient second. We acknowledge your time, comfort, anxiety level, budget, and your lifestyle. We will work together with you in the development and implementation of your personalized dental treatment plan. We consider ourselves part of your team in your overall health program. Call us today at 317-848-9838 to schedule your appointment or stop in and say hi at 15026 Greyhound Ct. Carmel, IN 46032.
If you have been diagnosed with a level of periodontal disease, Northside Dental will schedule a deep cleaning followed by a scaling and root planing procedure. Scaling refers to the removal of the plaque and calculus from the surface of your teeth. Root planing is the process of smoothing out your teeth’s roots to prevent additional bacteria from forming and to also speed up the healing process. Scaling and root planing can be a wonderful option if you are looking for a long-term solution for improving the health and aesthetic appearance of your smile.
The Three Stages of Gum Disease
Periodontal disease is a progressive issue that will gradually increase in severity. If you develop periodontal disease it will be in the following order:
- Gingivitis: The first stage of periodontitis, gingivitis usually develops due to bacterial plaque that builds up along your gums. Gingivitis is usually indicated by sensitive gums that are red, puffy, and bleed easily. Gingivitis can be reversed with simple professional cleaning and improved oral health care, but if it is not addressed quickly, it will quickly develop into a more severe form of periodontitis.
- Early Periodontitis: Early periodontitis, the second stage, is caused by the continued build-up of bacterial plaque and develops when gingivitis is left untreated. Early periodontitis is generally indicated by the same symptoms that are like gingivitis, just more severe. Your gums will feel painful and more sensitive and brushing and flossing will result in excessive bleeding. Unlike gingivitis, which can typically be corrected with a deep cleaning and improved self-care practices, early periodontitis will most likely require more intensive interventions, such as laser gum treatment.
Advanced Periodontitis: When bacteria, plaque, and toxins have developed to the point that your gum tissue is being destroyed, you have developed advanced periodontitis. If you have progressed to this point you now have small pockets between your gums and teeth, which act as perfect breeding spots for even more bacteria to grow. Because of the additional bacteria, these pockets continue to expand which cause your gums to recede. If left untreated long enough, this recession will result in bone loss.
The Benefits of Deep Teeth Cleaning
In addition to dramatically improving your smile, a dental cleaning will also improve your overall health. Benefits of regular dental cleanings at Northside Dental include the following:
- It Prevent Cavities: Plaque that is allowed to remain on your teeth will inevitably begin to attack the enamel. Because the acids in the plaque are the leading cause of decay, and because these cavities that are left untreated can result in rot and a significant increase in the likelihood of needing a tooth extraction, scheduling a deep cleaning at Northside Dental every six months to remove this plaque is one of the best ways you can preserve and maintain good oral health.
- Prevents Gum Disease: Gum disease refers to inflammation of infected gums that is caused by a build-up of plaque around your teeth. The most common symptoms for gum disease are bleeding when brushing your teeth. To prevent gum disease from developing, it is important to keep your teeth clean with regular dental cleanings.
- It can reduce the Likelihood of a Heart Attack or Stroke: In addition to causing immediate issues with your teeth and gums, the bacteria that collects in your mouth due to periodontitis can also enter your bloodstream and increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Research has proven that if you have gum disease you are almost twice as likely to suffer from a heart attack and are also at a significantly higher risk of having a stroke.
- It also Reduces the Risk of Diabetes: There is a direct correlation between gum disease and diabetes. People who have diabetes are more vulnerable to developing gum disease, and people who have gum disease are more likely to have issues regulating blood glucose levels, which can result in developing diabetes. By scheduling your regular deep cleanings, you can reduce your risk of developing these issues.
Prevents Halitosis: Patients who are suffering from periodontal or other oral health issues will typically develop issues related to bad breath. One of the benefits to having a deep cleaning is the elimination of this issue.
Extend the Longevity of Scaling and Root Planing with Proper Self Care
To continue enjoying the benefits of your deep teeth cleaning, scaling and root planing procedure, be sure to continue to practice the following good oral hygiene habits every day.
The health industry strongly suggests that you brush your teeth twice daily and to also practice proper brushing technique. The staff at Northside Dental will be happy to answer any questions you may have about proper brushing techniques. Floss daily. If you are someone who does not care to floss, you need to consider flossing alternatives, such as interdental brushes or floss picks.
Understand your diet. One of the easiest ways you can prevent dental issues from developing is to avoid foods that are sugary or high in starch. If you do enjoy soda or sugary beverages, consider using a straw to limit the exposure of sugar to your teeth. It is also beneficial to swish your mouth with water following meals. By doing so you can dislodge food remnants which can create future tooth decay.
Continue to schedule regular dental exams. Unchecked dental issues can result in additional issues and the progression of decay. This is why it is so important to visit us every six months. These regular checkups are critical to maintaining your oral health.
Your Comfort and Your Care
Your preventive dental care is part of the Northside Dental difference. Our staff understands how inconvenient and even difficult it might be to see the dentist. That is why we always do our best to schedule your appointments when it is most convenient for you. Our team works very efficiently to ensure your appointment goes both quickly and smoothly. Our united goal is to be considered your family dentist. We embrace the opportunity to help you and your children maintain your oral health. As we welcome you into our clinic, we will make you feel at home. Call us today at 317-848-9838 to schedule your appointment or stop in and say hi at 15026 Greyhound Ct. Carmel, IN 46032.