Dental Scaling and Root Planing: All You Need to Know
When the dental hygiene is not sufficient or effective, plaque is formed on the surface of the tooth near a gum line and under it. Plaque is a thin layer of bacteria that stick on the gum line of the tooth causing contentious irritation to the gum. The layers of the plaque become harder through accumulating, and converting by absorbing the minerals of saliva to calculus or tartar. The calculus, and the plaque cause further inflammation and damage to the periodontal tissues and leading to gum pockets that may lead to bone and tooth loss if it is not treated.
Unless the disease is in an advanced state, dental scaling and root planing procedure, known also as deep cleaning therapy or periodontal therapy, can reverse the situation and restore the hygiene of periodontal tissues.
Dental scaling and root planing can restore the hygiene of periodontal tissues.
How dental scaling and root planing are performed?
Through scaling and root planing (dental deep cleaning), the dentist removes the layers of calculus and plaque from the surfaces of the tooth near and under the gum. Afterwards, he/she begins the root planing by smoothing the roots to assist the gum to reattach the teeth (tooth scaling and root planing). Dental scaling with water, antiseptics, and some kinds of antibiotics within the pockets, decreases the depth of the pockets and assists the gum reattach to the tooth.
How dental scaling and root planing are done.
There are many types of dental scaling, and the dentist may use dental scaling tools (manual) or ultrasonic scaling and root planing device for the procedure. Thanks to advanced technology, dentists may now perform dental scaling with laser or may use a dental laser device to improve the healing of periodontal tissue.
To lessen the dental scaling pain, the specialist may use a local anesthetic (spray), but in advanced cases, he/she may use local injection to avoid dental scaling and root planing pain but he/she may perform dental scaling without anesthesia.
Dentists may perform dental scaling during pregnancy safely. As well, in cases of orthodontic treatment, dental scaling with braces may be done before and after applying braces every three months. As well, scaling and root planing gum recession is recommended as a first treatment to get rid of pockets and gum inflammation, to stop or slow down the gum recession and to maintain the gum attachment with the teeth.
Dental scaling and root planing explained.
For patients who are undergoing chemotherapy, it is preferable not to have elective dental scaling treatment, but an emergency treatment only.
Perio Protect is a set of trays you fill it with a special gel, and wear the tray for ten or fifteen minutes twice a day. The inventor claims that by freeing oxygen from the gel within the tray, oxygen kills the bacteria in the inflamed gingival and pockets, and he claims that it is a dental scaling alternative.
Dental scaling and root planing recovery time and dental scaling tips: what to expect?
Generally, the recovery time is about a week. You may suffer some discomfort and bleeding in your gum for few days, while sensitivity to hot and cold may last longer. You ought to choose a soft-food diet and to avoid hard, spicy, and acidic foods for several days.
Before and after dental scaling and root planing.
Dental scaling aftercare program include to brush your teeth twice a day for three minutes every time and to use dental floss in the areas where the brush cannot clean it well. Mouthwash is necessary for healing. Redness will disappear, bleeding will stop, and the color of gum becomes pink. The intervals between teeth seem wider and the teeth seem a little longer.
The dentist may prescribe some medicines to prevent the infection and asks you to visit the clinic after three months to evaluate the benefits of dental scaling. If needed, he/she may repeat the procedure of dental scaling again, partially or completely.
Before & after dental scaling and root planing.
What are dental scaling and root planing side effects, risks, and complications?
After the procedure of deep cleaning, you may feel pain for a few days. Tooth sensitivity may last longer, and the gum may become tender, bleeding and swollen. Your dentist may prescribe some medicines and mouthwashes to control the infection after the procedure.
Although scaling and dental root planing procedures are safe, but there are some risks of infection, especially in high-risk patients having heart disease or diabetes. The dentist may recommend the patient to take an antibiotic before and after dental scaling and planing procedure or to use a mouthwash for several days before the procedure to lessen the possibility of bleeding and infection as in patients of diabetes.
Some complications may happen after inadequate teeth scaling as loosen teeth, exposed roots, and swollen and tender gum. In advanced cases, if the patient does not improve, the dentist may repeat teeth scaling and root planing.
The results of dental scaling and root planing.
How can I manage having dental scaling and root planing in Iran?
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