Dental scaling is a procedure that removes excessive plaque buildup. A standard 6 month cleaning will clean the surface of the tooth. Scaling takes clean a step further. If we suggest dental scaling and root planing for your teeth, it’s to avoid or treat gum disease because of an excessive buildup of plaque.
Here’s what to expect
Everyone gets plaque buildup. Saliva, bacteria, and proteins in your mouth cover your teeth. Food particles, acids, and sugars stick to the film. This creates plaque. Bacteria live in plaque, causing gum disease and tooth decay. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings will help remove the plaque and prevent more serious problems.
In a healthy mouth, with healthy gums, gum tissue fits tightly your teeth to keep plaque out. Gum disease loosens gums and you’ll develop pockets. These pockets fill with plaque, worsening your problems and causing symptoms like bad breath, tooth decay and tooth loss.
After we carefully remove plaque bacteria from the tooth’s surface just below the gumline, we may proceed with a procedure known as root planning to reach a little deeper to address the surface of the tooth’s root. This smooths the surface of the root so the gums can reattach properly.
What to Expect Afterwards
Some patients experience swelling and sensitivity for a few days following the procedure. We’ll have you back to examine the gums and make certain that you’re healing properly.
Gum Disease is serious. Think of it as a chronic bacterial infection in your mouth. Studies show that the bacteria found in periodontal disease — including Streptococcus sanguis, which plays a role in strokes– spreads to the heart. Staying ahead of gum disease starts with good daily care.