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Posts for tag: root planing

By Dentistry at Camp Creek
March 23, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root planing   Scaling  

Scaling and Root PlaningTreating existing gum disease is one of the most important steps you can take to rejuvenate your smile. If you're one of the many Americans today suffering from gum problems that put a real dent in your periodontal health, rest assured because relief can be found at Dentistry at Camp Creek. The dentists on site have a litany of treatment options at their disposal, none of which are more optimizing for a full smile revival than the root planing and scaling method.

Typically used for when gums have pulled back from teeth or tooth roots have started collecting tartar, root planing and scaling treatment cleans between your gums and the surfaces of your teeth all the way down to their roots. The technique often requires a local anesthetic to numb your ultra-sensitive inner tooth surfaces before they're cleaned.

How It Works

Many dentists use an ultrasonic device for the planing and scaling of your gums, which isn't as abrasive as the standard dental scraping device used in decades past since it provides increased comfort.

Antibiotic fibers might be placed in the spaces existing between your teeth and gums immediately following the procedure, aiding the affected oral tissues in time of recovery while also helping prevent infection. Typically, these fibers will be removed from your mouth about one week later.

Post-Treatment Care

Patients' gums and surrounding lip tissue may feel numb for hours after the procedure if a local anesthesia is used, making speaking and eating difficult until the numbness has fully passed.

As for the previously-existing gum disease that used to be in the mouth, it will now be a thing of the past as long as patients continue to use good dental hygiene back home. Within a few months, their gums will be fully healed and stronger than ever, lending the perfect combination for an award-winning smile!

For more information on why root planing and scaling helps erase gum disease from your mouth while bettering your smile, give the office of Dentistry at Camp Creek a call today at (404) 629-9290 for full dental relief in South Atlanta, GA.

By Dentistry at Camp Creek
September 13, 2013
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root planing  

While periodontal disease can take on a variety of forms, most are caused by a thin layer of bacterial plaque called biofilm. This layer of plaque will form every 8-12 hours and sticks like glue to your teeth near the gum line. With time, tartar formation occurs at and below the gum line.

If left unchecked, biofilm can give rise to a very unhealthy progression. It first triggers an infection that leads to painful inflammation, progressive bone loss and the gum tissue losing attachment with a tooth. Void spaces (or pockets) form where the gum and bone tissue once adhered; infectious plaque and tartar moves into these pockets and advances deeper to the root. Overcome by disease, the tooth is in danger of being lost.

It's imperative then to remove as much of this entrenched plaque and tartar as possible. Renewed oral hygiene is not enough — removing plaque and tartar from the root surfaces requires a treatment known as root planing.

Root planing is a meticulous, labor-intensive process. We first clear away larger portions of plaque around the teeth and gums with hand instruments or an ultrasonic device and then flush out the pockets with water. After administering a local anesthetic for pain, we would then turn to a number of small hand instruments known as curettes to probe and scrape away as much remaining plaque below the gum line as we can get to.

Root planing requires experience and a good sense of touch to work in areas that can't be clearly seen. Observing the gum line, though, can give us a good indication of progress as these tissues will actually change color once the biofilm and tartar deposits have been removed.

Being so deeply entrenched, not all the deposits might be removed during one session. However, as plaque and tartar are removed, the gum tissues will begin to heal and become less inflamed. This will make it easier to remove plaque in subsequent sessions.

Root planing takes time, but the effort is well worth it. In the short term you'll notice less inflammation and pain around your teeth and gums. In the long-term, it just may save your teeth.

If you would like more information on root planing and periodontal disease, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Root Planing.”