Scaling and Root Planing

If you are suffering from gum disease, our dentists will typically recommend scaling and root planing at our Moreno Valley office. Also known as a deep cleaning, this procedure will eliminate harmful oral bacteria and reduce your risk for recurring gum disease. At Value Dental Centers Moreno Valley, our dentists use very gentle techniques and effective local anesthesia. Therefore, you should experience little discomfort during treatment and only minor sensitivity afterwards. Most importantly, the procedure can protect your smile, long-term dental function, and even your overall physical health.

Do You Need Scaling and Root Planing?

Scaling and root planing is the most common treatment for mild to moderate gum disease. This condition occurs when bacteria form pockets in your gums, causing the soft tissues to pull away from your dental roots. Gum disease symptoms include:

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Bleeding, especially when you brush and/or floss your teeth
  • Dental sensitivity
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • A change in the way that your removable denture fits

Your dentist will carefully examine your gums to determine whether you need scaling and planing. If you have only mild gingivitis, a regular cleaning will usually be enough to restore your oral health.

What Happens during a Deep Cleaning?

Before your treatment, your dentist will numb your gums. With local anesthesia, you should feel nothing but a slight pressure during your deep cleaning. First, your dentist will remove the pockets of bacteria from your gums. He or she will do so very carefully to avoid irritating the adjacent healthy tissues. Then your practitioner will smooth the rough spots on your dental roots. These areas have extra surface area. Therefore, left in place, they can easily trap bacteria, leading to recurring bouts of gum disease.

After Scaling and Root Planing

Following treatment, you may experience some minor inflammation and gum sensitivity. Over-the-counter pain medications are usually enough to reduce discomfort. In addition, you may want to avoid spicy, very hot, and very cold foods for a few days. Luckily, thanks to our dentists’ expertise, sensitivity will subside quickly.

Gum disease is a chronic condition. Although a deep cleaning will eliminate bacteria, you must take good care of your gums to avoid a flare-up of periodontitis. Regular care at home is essential. Your oral hygiene routine should include brushing, flossing, and rinsing with antimicrobial mouthwash. In addition, you should be hypervigilant about scheduling your routine exams and cleanings. In fact, if you have been diagnosed with gum disease, you may want to visit our office more than two times a year. Finally, cut back on sugar and eliminate tobacco use, since these things can dramatically raise your risk for gum disease.

Scaling and Root Planing Can Enhance Your Overall Health

Scaling and root planing is an important procedure that can have widespread effects for your oral and physical health. Performed in a timely fashion, the treatment can prevent tooth loss, gum recession, and jawbone degeneration. Plus, a deep cleaning could extend your life, since periodontitis is linked to an increased risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.

Schedule an Appointment

Learn more about scaling and root planing and schedule your minimal discomfort procedure. Contact Value Dental Centers Moreno Valley today.