Restore Tooth and Gum Health with Scaling and Root Planing Treatment
Good oral health consists of healthy teeth and healthy gums. You can’t have one without the other. Periodontal disease caused by plaque and tartar build-up is one of the greatest threats to gum health and a leading cause of tooth loss. At the office of Robert L. Holloway, DDS, we can detect signs of periodontal disease during a routine exam. Depending on the severity of your condition, your Noblesville, Indiana dentist may recommend scaling and root planing treatment.
Periodontal Disease Symptoms
Many people are unaware they have gum disease until the advanced stage, when symptoms are more prominent. That’s why routine checkups are so important, as your dentist can catch this condition early and curtail its progression to avoid gum damage. Symptoms of advanced periodontal disease are:
- Red, inflamed gums that bleed when you floss or brush your teeth
- Painful chewing
- Chronic bad breath
- Receding gums
- Tartar build-up near your tooth roots
- Periodontal pockets around the roots
- Loose teeth and, eventually, tooth loss
Scaling and root planing non-surgical gum disease treatment can help reverse these symptoms and restore oral health.
How Deep Cleaning (Scaling & Root Planing) Treats Gum Disease
Deep cleaning is a two-fold treatment.
The first part – scaling – entails removing plaque and tartar build-up above and below the gum line of your teeth, where harmful bacteria breed. Dr. Holloway uses special dental instruments to eliminate plaque and tartar and cleanse the periodontal pockets around the root of infected teeth.
Root planing entails smoothing out your tooth roots to keep bacteria at bay. Root planing also helps your gums form a tight bond with your teeth again.
Deep cleaning is done under anesthesia, so you feel no pain during treatment. Depending on the state of your teeth and gums on your next dental visit, this treatment may need to be repeated to restore your gums to full health.
You can protect and preserve your beautiful smile through scaling and root planing treatment. To schedule a consultation for these procedures, contact your Noblesville, IN dentist, Dr. Robert Holloway, at (317) 672-0950.