Our mouths often house thousands of bacteria, even though we practice regular oral hygiene. No matter how well you brush and floss your teeth, bacteria tend to get left behind in between the teeth and in the occlusal grooves. They can lead to the formation of a thin layer of plaque on the teeth, which, if not removed for a longer time, turns into tartar. Tartar deposits can upset one’s oral health to a severe extent. Hence, regular oral cleaning sessions are necessary to get rid of these deposits.
What is scaling and root planing?
Scaling is the process of removing the plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth. Similarly, root planing is the process of removing the tartar deposits from underneath the gums and smoothening out the surface of the root so that the gums can reattach to the root surface. Scaling is a pretty simple and straightforward process, whereas root planing may involve the use of local anesthesia as per the recommendation of the dentist.
Both scaling and root planing use a tool called the hand-held ultrasonic scaler. It is a dental instrument that has a metal tip that vibrates at a high frequency. This high frequency of vibration helps to dislodge the tartar deposits. The same device can be used to perform root planing as well.
Need for scaling and root planing
- Scaling and root planning can help prevent gum-related diseases such as gingivitis and periodontal.
- They help to protect the teeth and gums from chronic dental infections.
- They ensure better gum health.
- It improves the aesthetics of the gums and teeth.
- As the microbes are neutralized and removed, it would reduce the bad breath as well.
It is advised that one should get scaling and root planing at least once in six months to ensure healthier gums and teeth. And for people suffering from severe gum related infections, it is their best chance at reviving their gums to ideal health.
Schedule an online appointment or call us at (615) 540-0888 to have a consultation with Dr. Stein, and we’ll be happy to guide you further.