Scaling and Root Planing

If you are suffering from mild to moderate periodontal disease,  or gum disease, we will recommend a deep cleaning with scaling and root planing at our Chino, CA practice. During the procedure, your practitioner will remove bacteria from your gums before smoothing your dental roots. At Value Dental Centers Chino, our dentists and hygienists use very gentle techniques. In addition, they will administer effective local anesthesia before performing this treatment, also known as a deep cleaning. Therefore, the procedure should involve minimal discomfort. At the same time, it can have far-reaching benefits for your oral health and even your overall physical wellness.

Is Scaling and Root Planing Right for You?

A deep cleaning may be appropriate if you have been diagnosed with gum disease or if you are suffering the symptoms of the condition. Periodontitis occurs when bacteria build up, often due to insufficient dental care. The bacteria will burrow into your gums, where they will form pockets. Before long, the pockets will grow larger, causing significant gum recession. Other symptoms of periodontal disease can include:

  • Bleeding
  • Gum sensitivity
  • Redness and inflammation
  • Loose teeth
  • Chronic bad breath

Your dentist will evaluate your symptoms to establish whether scaling and planing is right for you.

The Scaling and Root Planing Procedure

Before performing your deep cleaning, your dentist or hygienist will administer local anesthesia. With these medications, you should feel almost nothing during your treatment. Nevertheless, if you suffer from dental anxiety, we can also provide IV sedation. The powerful antianxiety medications will help you relax throughout your treatment.

When you are ready to begin, your practitioner will remove the bacteria from your gums. He or she will do so very gently, so you should experience very little post-treatment irritation. Then, he or she will smooth your dental roots, removing uneven patches. With their extra surface area, rough spots can easily trap bacteria, leading to a gum disease flare-up.

How Will a Deep Cleaning Benefit You?

If periodontal disease is caught in time, scaling and root planing can prevent severe gum recession and tooth loss. Plus, the treatment can have important systemic health benefits. Various studies have shown a strong link between gum disease and heart disease. Patients with compromised periodontal health are far more likely to suffer a stroke or heart attack. Some scientists believe that the bacteria responsible for gum disease can directly contribute to blood clots. Thus, by reducing harmful microbes, scaling and planing could actually extend your life.

Maintaining Healthy Gums after Scaling and Planing

Although a deep cleaning can eliminate bacteria, gum disease is a chronic condition. Therefore, you must be vigilant about dental hygiene to prevent flare-ups of periodontitis. First, brush and floss your teeth daily, particularly after meals and before bed. Use fluoride toothpaste and supplement with antimicrobial mouthwash. Second, be sure to schedule your regular cleanings and exams. During these visits, your hygienist can remove bacteria and look for the first signs of recurring gum disease. Finally, consider dietary changes. Sugars and refined starches are the main sources of energy for oral bacteria. Therefore, cutting back on such substances can help to protect your periodontal health.

Contact Us to Schedule Your Appointment

If you are suffering from the symptoms of gum disease, contact our Chino dental office to find out if scaling and root planing is the right treatment for you.