Scaling and Root Planing
With gum disease, regular cleanings just won't cut it. Instead, you may need a deeper kind of cleaning: scaling and root planing.
This allows our dentists, Drs. Thiago Morelli and Teebok Choe, to remove plaque from above and below the gum line to treat gum disease.
Prevent your disease from advancing and protect your oral health at North Carolina Implants and Periodontics in Raleigh, NC.
The Link Between Gum Disease and Missing Teeth
Understanding Periodontal Disease
Has your dentist recommended scaling and root planing? Then you likely have a condition called periodontal disease, or gum disease. Caused by plaque and tartar above and below your gum line, this condition begins as gingivitis and then progresses to more advanced forms of the disease.
As the least severe iteration of the disease, gingivitis responds well to early attention. Without care, it turns into advanced periodontal disease, eventually causing symptoms like bone deterioration and tooth loss. Scaling and root planing, a type of periodontal deep cleaning, can address your gum disease at the source.
What Are the Benefits of Scaling and Root Planing?
Preventing Tooth Loss
When left untreated, periodontal disease can cause loose or even missing teeth. As a result, you may need treatments like dental implants and implant-supported restorations to restore functionality.
Saving Money on Future Care
A scaling and root planing treatment is cheaper than restorative dentistry like bridges, crowns, and dental implants. Investing in dental work now can save you from future costs.
Gum inflammation can cause pain. By undergoing treatment with scaling and root planing, you can alleviate your dental discomfort and improve your oral hygiene at the same time.
Protecting Your Bone
Periodontal disease doesn't just impact your gums—it also affects your jawbone. Over time, it can lead to bone loss and tooth loss. You can avoid these concerns, along with changes in your facial shape, by seeking prompt dental care.
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How Does Scaling and Root Planing Work?
The root planing procedure is designed to give you a deeper cleaning than the average dental exam.
How Can I Protect My Smile After Root Planing?
Dr. Morelli and Dr. Teebok will educate you on good oral health practices before you leave. After treating gum disease, some of the best ways to protect your oral health include flossing every day, brushing regularly, and seeing your dentist more often than twice a year. Additional root planing appointments may be necessary to maintain your results—and our Raleigh team is always here to help.