Planing and Scaling: An Important Part of General Dentistry

Feb 29, 2016 @ 10:00 AM — by drmori

Illustration of root planing and scaling When it comes to your oral wellness, the state of your gums is just as important as the health of your teeth. Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, is a chronic health condition and the leading cause of adult tooth loss. The disease has also been linked to several life-threatening health concerns. At our practice, periodontal health is a major component of our general dentistry services. Routine cleanings can often prevent gum disease. At every exam, Dr. Mormino will also check for the early signs of the condition and provide appropriate care, if needed. Root planing and scaling is one of the most common treatment options. To find out if root planing and scaling is right for you, contact our Staten Island, NY practice.

Gum Disease: A Basic Overview

Gum disease develops when bacteria build up inside your mouth. At first, the microbes will simply gather along your gum line, leading to mild inflammation. However, if you do not seek treatment in time, the bacteria will quickly move deeper into your gums. The microbes will form pockets in your soft tissues. In turn, the pockets will cause your soft tissues to pull away from your tooth roots. You could also suffer from bleeding gums and significant discomfort.

Poor oral hygiene is the number one cause of gum disease. That is one reason that brushing, flossing, and routine exams are so important. Nevertheless, there are several other factors that can increase your risk for gum disease. These include smoking, genetics, age, and diabetes.

The Importance of Gum Disease Treatment

If you have developed gum disease, it is important to have it treated as soon as possible. First, as your gums recede away from your dental roots, you could experience widespread tooth loss. The gaps in your smile will greatly impact your appearance, dental function, and self-confidence. Over time, the bacteria could also travel to your jawbone, causing bone recession or infection.

Along with the effects on your oral health, gum disease can also impact your overall physical well being. Periodontitis has been linked to an increased risk for heart attack and stroke. Research continues as scientists try to discover the exact connection between heart and gum health. However, many believe that oral bacteria can enter your blood stream. There, they can attach to fat cells and form blood clots.

What to Expect during Root Planing and Scaling

Because of the serious health risks of gum disease, Dr. Mormino is committed to outstanding periodontal care. If you have simple gingivitis, he can usually remove oral bacteria with a routine cleaning. Once the condition develops to moderate periodontitis, root planing and scaling is typically the most appropriate treatment.

Prior to your procedure, Dr. Mormino will numb your gums, so you should experience little but a slight pressure during the process. Then he will carefully remove the pockets of bacteria, being careful not to disturb the surrounding tissues. Next, he will smooth the uneven parts of your dental roots. The microscopic fissures in these areas form an ideal haven for bacteria. By eliminating these spots, Dr. Mormino can prevent bacteria from returning to your gums.

Gum disease is a chronic condition for which there is no cure. Nevertheless, appropriate treatment, such as root planing and scaling, can keep the disease under control. With Dr. Mormino’s outstanding care, you can enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile for many years.

Contact Dr. Mormino’s Office

To schedule your exam or periodontal treatment, contact our office today.

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