Scaling and root planing can eliminate tartar and calculus buildup below the gum line in cases of mild to moderate periodontal disease. This non-surgical treatment is incredibly effective, and can prevent gum disease from progressing to an unmanageable stage. At Living Life Dentistry in Knoxville, TN, Dr. Gary Kinder performs scaling and root planing for patients who exhibit early signs of gum disease. With years of experience providing comprehensive care, Dr. Kinder can determine the best treatment plan for your unique needs so you can enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile again.
About Gum Disease
Periodontal disease develops when plaque, tartar, and bacteria on the teeth begin to irritate the gums. If left untreated, the bacteria can result in an infection around the teeth, causing deep pockets to form. Over time, this can lead to mobility or tooth loss. Periodontal disease can spread quickly to adjacent teeth, eventually compromising your entire mouth.
Periodontal disease can increase your risk for several serious health concerns, such as heart disease, stroke, and dementia.
This dangerous condition can be controlled if diagnosed in its early stages. By treating periodontal disease before it becomes severe, you can minimize your risk of bone degeneration and tooth loss in the future, saving yourself a substantial amount of money, time, and stress.
The Link Between Oral and General Health
Recent studies have confirmed an unquestionable correlation between oral health and overall health. Oral bacteria found in the mouth are also carried throughout your body to various organs and tissues. Untreated periodontal disease can increase your risk for a myriad of serious health concerns, such as heart disease, stroke, and dementia. Additionally, diabetic patients often have more difficulty controlling blood sugar levels when gum disease is active.
The Treatment Process
Scaling and root planing is a simple and non-invasive way to treat gum disease before it advances. By investing in periodontal care, you can improve your quality of life, both now and in the future.
Because scaling and root planing reaches deeper than a routine cleaning, the teeth and gums will be numbed with local anesthesia for your comfort. Using a combination of ultrasonic instruments and hand scalers, the teeth will be thoroughly cleaned. During this process, the bacteria, plaque, and tartar that have accumulated under the gum line will be flushed out, and the dental roots will be smoothed to inhibit plaque from reattaching.
Immediately after the procedure, your teeth may be sensitive to hot and cold. This is normal and the effects should diminish over the next few weeks. Any discomfort can usually be alleviated with over-the-counter pain medications.
There is a significant genetic factor for gum disease. Unfortunately, some patients are simply more prone to developing it. Periodontal disease is not a curable condition, but it is manageable with proper care.
A few weeks after your scaling and root planing procedure, Dr. Kinder will assess your progress. If there are areas that need extra attention, treatment options will be discussed according to your unique needs. If your gums are healthy, Dr. Kinder will discuss the implementation of a cleaning schedule to help you maintain your results. While the majority of dental patients undergo cleanings approximately every six months, patients who are prone to periodontal issues often require more frequent visits to keep bacteria at bay.
Learn More about Periodontal Care
If you notice signs of periodontal disease, such as bleeding gums or bad breath, scaling and root planing could be the solution for you. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Kinder, call our office at (865) 539-6030 or contact us online anytime.