Overview: Teeth Scaling and Root Planing are gum treatments when periodontal or gum diseases become severe. The procedure of teeth scaling and root planing generally takes more than one appointment to complete the procedure. After the treatment is over the person may have to follow the general habits to keep the teeth healthy and disease-free.
Teeth scaling is the previous stage of root planing. It is one of the non-surgical ways of treating gum diseases. In this procedure, the accumulated plaque and tartar are removed from the teeth which helps the gum in regaining its health.
The scraping is done not only at the level of the gums, rather the cleaning in done deep into the root levels to remove the hardened plaque and calculus also known as debridement. This helps in curing the gum tissues and reattaching the gums to the teeth. After then the healing starts.
It can be done in two methods, i.e, scaling with hand-held instruments and scaling with ultrasonic instruments.
Scaling with hand-held instruments in this procedure sometimes the dentists are unable to see the plaque and tartar with naked eyes. As a result, they use a curette or a scaler to manually by touching the areas of plaque formation or tartar built up.
Scaling with ultrasonic instruments when the vibrational tip chips off the plaque and tartar from the teeth and water spray it to wash away and keep the teeth cool.
During this procedure, the dentist injects local anesthesia to numb the gums. The dentist cleans off the plaque and the large pockets that are developed in between the teeth and gums.
Root planing is the next stage of the treatment for severe periodontal diseases.
When the formation of plaque and large pockets starts infecting the gums and teeth, then the dentist might ask to go ahead with teeth scaling. In the case of prolonged periodontal diseases, it may lead to other issues such as:
- Bone loss
- Teeth loss
- Weakening of teeth
It may also show the following symptoms such as:
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Sensitive gums and red and tender gums
Teeth care post teeth scaling:
Once teeth scaling is done, the dentist might call you for further check-ups, to make sure the successful treatment. To see if the large pockets have shrunken well or not. The patient should perform the basic tooth care procedures religiously. brushing twice, flossing regularly, eating a healthy and balanced diet to heal the gums properly.
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