Scaling and Root Planing Portland OR
Gum disease is a serious oral health issue that needs to be addressed quickly. Without treatment, the condition only continues to worsen. The earliest stage of gum disease can be easily reversed with brushing and flossing at home. However, this stage often goes undetected. Later stages of gum disease require professional intervention. At Downtown Dental Care, we offer several treatments for putting a stop to gum disease and enabling your gums to heal. One of these treatments is scaling and root planing.
The Progression of Gum Disease
Gum disease is a progressive oral health issue. It starts when your gums become irritated by oral bacteria and plaque, a sticky substance that accumulates on the surfaces of your teeth. In response, your gums become inflamed. They may also bleed when you brush and floss. This early stage is known as gingivitis, and it often goes ignored. As the disease progresses, the gums begin to pull away from their position against your teeth, creating pockets. Bacteria and other debris fall below the gum line. Bacteria continue to attack your gums while also attacking the periodontal ligaments and your jawbone. Eventually, you start to experience gum recession, tooth sensitivity, loose teeth, and even tooth loss.
What is Scaling and Root Planing?
Before you undergo scaling and root planing, a consultation is first done to determine the severity of your gum disease and if the procedure is the best solution for your situation. We examine your teeth, assessing the buildup of your teeth. We will measure your periodontal pockets. We may even take X-rays to see the condition of your teeth and jaw below the gum line.
Scaling and root planing is a dental procedure that is performed to remove the buildup on your teeth, including their roots, relieving the irritation of your gum tissue. With the irritation gone, your gums can begin to heal and reattach to the teeth.
Scaling is the scraping of the visible surfaces of your teeth, especially around and just under the gum line. Before we begin, we administer a local anesthetic, which prevents you from feeling any pain or discomfort during the procedure. We then work to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar, along with other debris. Tartar is hardened plaque. While plaque can be removed by brushing, tartar cannot. This substance stays on your teeth, no matter how often you brush, and continues to accumulate new plaque. We can effectively scrape it from the surfaces of your teeth using a specialized scaling tool.
Root planing is the smoothing of the tooth roots. Using a thin, specialized tool, we remove plaque, bacteria and other toxins from the roots of your teeth, effectively smoothing them. This process prevents new bacteria from adhering to the roots. After scaling and root planing is complete, an antibacterial wash is used to kill off and rinse away any remaining bacteria under the gum line.
Scaling and Root Planing Benefits
Scaling and root planing has several benefits. First, it is a minimally invasive and nonsurgical procedure that relieves the irritation of your gum tissue. This helps to reduce inflammation and put a stop to gum disease. By eliminating irritation and inflammation, your gums can begin to heal. The tissue begins to reattach to your teeth, reforming its protective seal against bacterial invasion. Your jawbone and supporting structures also begin to heal.
Scaling and root planing removes the buildup on your teeth and their roots, relieving the irritation on your gums and giving the tissue a chance to heal. Call Downtown Dental Care at (503) 420-7600 for more information and to schedule your consultation today.