Scaling and Root Planing Can Treat Early Stages of Gum Disease
Gum disease can lead to serious oral health issues, including tooth loss. The team at Beautiful Smiles By Design can provide attentive, gentle care to rid your smile of gum disease by performing scaling and root planing. This minimally invasive treatment deeply cleans along the gum line removing tartar and plaque buildup. Dr. Judith Lubin, a board-certified periodontist, and the hygienists at our Miami, FL, practice each have extensive experience helping patients maintain their oral health.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is a serious infection that typically starts out mild and goes undetected, but can escalate quickly if left untreated. Once gum disease develops, gum tissue will start to pull away from the tooth, causing food, plaque, and bacteria to accumulate below the gumline. As the pockets of bacteria deepen, it increases your risk for serious health concerns.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Some of the initial side effects include bad breath and redness. When gum disease progresses, symptoms become more noticeable and cause:
- Bleeding gums
- Swelling and inflammation along the gumline
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Pain when biting down or chewing
- Tooth loss
You should schedule an appointment as soon as possible if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.
Why Early Treatment is Essential
When treated early, symptoms can be easily managed. Although gum disease is incurable, Dr. Lubin can provide effective treatment to manage the side effects and help you maintain good oral health through regular follow-up visits. However, left untreated, gum disease can negatively affect your oral and overall health.
In addition to causing tooth loss, it can even enter your bloodstream and increase the risk of other health complications, such as heart disease, diabetes, or stroke. Making your oral health a priority can help protect your smile and general well-being.
What to Expect During Treatment
If the early stages of gum disease are detected during your evaluation, Dr. Lubin will recommend scaling and root planing. This deep cleaning procedure can be completed as part of your routine examination or scheduled at a later, more convenient follow-up appointment.
Although gum disease is incurable, the doctors at Beautiful Smiles By Design can help counteract side effects and help you maintain good oral health through regular follow-up visits.
Before the procedure begins, a topical anesthetic will be applied to your gums to ensure optimal comfort. A handheld tool, known as a scaler is then used to remove plaque and bacteria along the base of the teeth and gum line. Once scaling is complete, the hygienist will use a root planing instrument to remove plaque and smooth the root surfaces of your teeth. This will help eliminate inflammation so the gums can fit snugly against the tooth, preventing food, plaque, and bacteria buildup from reoccurring and providing support to the teeth.
Benefits of Scaling & Root Planing
The benefits of scaling and root planing include:
- Improved gum health
- Disease prevention
- Reduced risk of cavities and tooth loss
Treating gum disease can improve your overall oral health.
If you have not undergone a routine cleaning in the last six months, contact our office online or call us at (305) 595-1556 to schedule a consultation. We can help you successfully manage gum disease for a healthy smile.
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