When you visit your dentist for routine check ups and cleanings, they aren’t only looking for cavities; they are also evaluating your mouth for evidence of the early signs of gum disease. Gingivitis begins as minor gum inflammation that can progress to periodontitis—a condition that can lead to severe gum recession and even tooth and bone loss. When this occurs, patients are often referred to our office for a root planing procedure.
As it deeply cleans your teeth below the gum line, root planing is one of the most effective ways to halt gingivitis and periodontitis before they cause significant damage to your teeth and gums. To minimize discomfort, Dr. DeAndrade will administer a local anesthetic before he begins the cleaning process. Due to the fact that harmful bacteria can be released into bloodstream during the root planing, you will be given a prescription for antibiotics to take before and after the procedure if you have a condition that compromises your immune system or makes you prone to infection.
Using an ultrasonic scaler, a handheld device that uses high-frequency vibrations and water, tartar and bacteria buildup is removed from the root area and below the gum line. Not only does this provide a clean surface, it also creates a smooth area that makes it difficult for new bacteria to attach to. This provides the optimum conditions for your gums to heal and reattach to the teeth.
To prevent further treatment, it is extremely important that you regularly practice a daily, dental hygiene routine that includes brushing at least twice and flossing once. It is also important to maintain regularly scheduled dental checkups with professional cleanings. Tobacco use will delay your healing and increase your risk of a reoccurrence of gum disease, so we highly recommend that you discontinue it not only for your oral health, but also for the wellness of your whole body.
Root planing is one of the first steps in the battle against gum disease. If you are experiencing swollen or bleeding gums when you brush or eat, call Anthem Periodontics to schedule a consultation today!