Gum disease is a common condition that affects a number of our patients. Fortunately, gum disease can be treated, especially when the condition has been caught early on. Restorative dentistry services can treat oral health problems, such as gum disease, to produce a clean and healthy smile. Although more intensive treatment may be needed in rare cases, the majority of patients respond to deep cleaning of the teeth and gums. This procedure, known as root planing and scaling, offers our Windsor patients effective gum disease treatment.
Root planing and scaling is the most common form of gum disease treatment. Dr. Stephen D. Lipman performs this procedure because it effectively removes harmful bacteria, plaque, and tartar from the teeth and gums. Root planing and scaling can treat gum disease in it various stages. Whether a patient has the beginning signs of gum disease (red, tender, or swollen gums) or is experiencing symptoms of more advanced stages of gum disease (a receding gum line and loose teeth), root planing and scaling is likely to be a part of your treatment plan.
What to Expect during Treatment
Root planing and scaling is a non-surgical treatment that is most often performed with the patient under the effects of a local anesthetic. Although this procedure offers a deeper level of cleaning than a routine dental cleaning, as far as the patient’s comfort and experience, this should feel no different than a routine dental appointment.
Treatment will begin with the teeth being thoroughly cleansed of any bacteria, plaque, and tartar. This debris will be scraped off the teeth using a handheld tool or dental laser. However, during the root planing and scaling procedure, Dr. Lipman will extend the cleaning further down the tooth, beneath the gum line.
Once the teeth have been cleaned, Dr. Lipman will perform the root planing portion of the procedure. Root planing allows Dr. Lipman to file away any rough patches that have developed along the roots of the tooth. These rough patches make it easier for bacteria, plaque, and tartar to cling to the tooth, which is why it is important to smooth them out.
Root planing and scaling treatment requires no downtime. Immediately after treatment, most patients feel comfortable enough to return to work or their regular daytime routine. In order to ensure that treatment is successful, it is important that patients maintain a good oral hygiene routine. For the first week or two after treatment, we may recommend that an anti-bacterial rinse be used in addition to regular brushing and flossing. This will help in eliminating all harmful bacteria from the teeth and gums.
Schedule an Appointment
If you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Early gum disease treatment can restore the health of the teeth and gums and prevent more serious oral health complications. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Stephen D. Lipman at your earliest convenience to learn more about our gum disease treatment options. We look forward to hearing from you!