About Scaling & Planing

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Gum disease is one of the most common oral health problems. Fortunately, with the innovations in the industry of dentistry, patients can choose between numbers of different gum disease treatment procedures. Two of the most common methods to treat the disease are Root scaling and planing. Here are 10 of the most frequently asked questions about scaling and planing that might just be the same as yours:

How to know if at risk of gum disease?

There are a number of factors that may put a person at risk of gum disease. Here are the factors:

  • Poor oral hygiene.
  • Tooth irregularities
  • Stress
  • Prescription medications
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Pregnancy


How does the procedure of scaling done?

Dental scaling is done with either manual hand instruments or ultrasonic instruments, or both. The procedure will start with a thorough mouth examination. After, the dental scaling of plaque bacteria will be done using ultrasonic scaling device with sonic vibrations. The device removes plaque, tartar, and biofilm from the surface of the tooth as well as underneath the gum line.

How does the procedure of planing done?

Root planing is like scaling but is more detailed. The root surface is scaled to smooth out the affected tooth and to decrease gum tissue inflammation.

When are the procedures done?

The scaling and planing procedures are done when gums start to move away from its original place on the tooth. They are also done when tooth roots have hard mineral deposits or tartar.

How does it feel after the treatment?

Scaling and planing normally cause little to no discomfort, especially when anesthesia is used. Anesthesia, however, causes the lips and gums to remain numb for minutes or hours.

How well do these procedures work?

The effectiveness of the procedures depends largely on how well you maintain your dental health. If you have done a good aftercare, the gum disease should stop.

What are the risks of these procedures?

While these procedures treat gum disease, it may introduce bacteria into the bloodstream. Other infections can also be triggered with these methods. Antibiotics can help reduce these risks.

What are other benefits of these treatments?

Other than treating gum disease, scaling and planing may can give more periodontal benefits:

  • Treats respiratory system diseases
  • Prevents tooth loss
  • Reduces bad breath

How can gum disease be prevented?

One of the major causes of gum disease is poor oral hygiene. Good brushing, flossing, and rinsing habits are the best ways to prevent gum disease.

Where can I get help from?

You can get help from Dr. DeAndrade of Anthem Periodontics from Las Vegas, Nevada.


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