Thursday, February 20, 2020

The Benefits of Scaling and Root Planing

When dentists test for gum disease, you will often hear them call out numbers, typically on a scale from one to six. These numbers indicate the depth of your periodontal pocket, with one being optimal and three being normal. Anything above three represents gum disease and your dentist may recommend scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning and is often the first line of defense in the fight against gum disease in Lafayette, LA.

How Scaling and Root Planing Can Help

Your bleeding gums will quickly worsen, resulting in receding gums, bad breath, loose teeth, or worse. Periodontal infection must be treated or it will continue to damage your smile. While scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure, it is a safe and effective treatment for gum disease. Scaling and root planing helps by:

  • Treating gum disease in order to restore the health of your mouth
  • Protecting you from receding gums, wider periodontal pockets, and shifting teeth
  • Correcting halitosis (bad breath) related to periodontal infection
  • Protecting against a higher risk of diabetes, stroke, cancer, and respiratory conditions associated with gum disease in Lafayette, LA
  • Preventing bone loss associated with periodontal disease

How Does Scaling and Root Planing Differ from a Routine Dental Cleaning?

Scaling and root planing focuses on the area below the gums. Tartar and debris are removed from the teeth at and below the gum line. This removes bacteria as well. The bone is then smoothed to correct the damage caused by bacteria.

Patients who suffer from bleeding gums turn to Dr. James M. Finley for a healthier smile with scaling and root planing. Additional treatments for gum disease may include antibiotic therapy or in advanced cases, laser gum surgery. Call our office today to schedule your no-risk consultation with Dr. Finley.

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