A few complicated factors precede periodontal scaling, including the transition of biofilm to calculus and the swelling of gingival tissue. These factors are complicit in the advancement of common gingivitis—literally inflammation of the gums—toward chronic periodontitis, which affects nearly half of American adults over 30.
Most plaque lives at or just below the gum line, making it impossible to detach by ordinary brushing or flossing. To remove it, our LA periodontist uses a hand scaler and occasionally curettes. In addition, laser therapy has entered the periodontal arena to a large extent, so ask your specialist.
Whether the dentist or periodontist uses manual or electronic instruments, the object is to clean out any pockets that formed between the gums and teeth—the pockets where bacteria rule. Once the relevant area is numbed, the dentist goes over each tooth incrementally to scrub it of every deposit. Because of the attention to detail, only a quarter of the mouth may be covered in one session.
One advantage of an electronic instrument like an ultrasonic scaler is the creation of tiny air bubbles. Since all bacteria are anaerobic, the oxygen created by the bubbles is devastating.
Ask our expert in periodontal scaling in LA for more information.
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. It is typically characterized by red, swollen gums that bleed easily when brushing and flossing. Gums can begin to recede, and if gingivitis is not treated in time, it can progress to a much more serious form of gum disease called periodontitis. Luckily, when gum disease has only reached the gingivitis stage, it is highly treatable and much of the damage can be reversed. A periodontal scaling is one such treatment that is designed to treat gingivitis before it progresses into periodontitis.
Scaling refers to the process of our Los Angeles periodontist scraping away the plaque and the tartar from above and below the gumline. Scaling is usually done in conjunction with root planing as a form of conservative treatment that acts as the first line of defense against the beginnings of gum disease. Root planing is very similar to periodontal scaling, but it focuses on removing plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the tooth root. Plaque and tartar are the leading causes of tooth decay, and in turn gum disease, and periodontal scaling is one of the most effective methods for removing them. By removing the plaque and tartar from along the gumline, it encourages the gums to more snugly attach to the teeth.
If you think you may have some of the symptoms of gingivitis, contact our expert in periodontal scaling in Los Angeles to schedule a consultation.
Scaling and root planing is a special deep cleaning procedure that removes buildup above and below the gumline to allow the gums to heal and reattach to the tooth roots. Our dentist in Santa Clara may suggest a scaling and root planing if you have gum disease.
Gum disease is a bacterial infection that causes the gums to pull away from the teeth. This exposes the tooth’s roots, which can increase the risks of cavities in this vulnerable area. It also allows the bacteria to form in the periodontal pockets, which can be extremely hard or even impossible to clean. The scaling and root planing procedure cleans these pockets thoroughly and smooths the roots of the teeth, which allows the gums to heal and reattach to the roots.
You may need scaling and root planing if you have symptoms of gingivitis or a later stage of gum disease, if you have deep periodontal pockets or if you have advanced periodontitis and are planning to have other treatments as well. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in scaling and root planing in Santa Clara.