Scaling and Root Planing - Arlington, TX
Treat Gum Disease with Periodontal Therapy
Besides the health of your teeth, your gums are equally important. The biggest threat to your gum health is an infection called periodontal (gum disease). Although it’s preventable, at least 50% of Americans have it, making it the leading cause of tooth loss. We can treat the infection before it causes irreversible damage to your smile with scaling and root planing in Arlington. Also called a deep cleaning, we’ll remove the tartar accumulations harming your smile to restore your dental health.
How Do I Know If I Need Scaling and Root Planing?
The earliest stage of gum disease is gingivitis, which causes red, swollen, and bleeding gum tissue. Although many people believe these issues are normal and often attribute them to brushing too hard, they are a red flag that indicates a problem. It’s best to contact our office right away for the right intervention.
During your appointment, we’ll examine your gum tissue and measure the depths of your periodontal pockets. If our examination concludes gum disease is present or you’re at risk of the infection, we’ll recommend scaling and root planing. If the infection isn’t treated, it can lead to a variety of complications, including:
- Bone and tissue loss
- Tooth loss
- Loose teeth
- Shifting teeth
Untreated gum disease is also linked to increasing the risk of several health issues, like cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetic complications. Scaling and root planing is the first step to preserving your smile and protecting your health.
How Scaling and Root Planing Works
The first step to periodontal therapy involves a deep cleaning. An anesthetic may be used to ensure you are comfortable during the treatment. We begin with scaling, which involves using a special dental instrument to remove tartar buildup above and below the gum line to eliminate the bacteria causing the infection. After your teeth are cleaned, we’ll perform root planing using another dental instrument to smooth the root surfaces of your teeth. It discourages future buildup while allowing your gum tissue to reattach to your teeth to seal out bad bacteria.
Depending on the severity of the infection, we may split the treatment across multiple appointments for your comfort. We may also recommend more frequent cleanings and checkups to help keep the infection at bay.
Benefits of Scaling and Root Planing
If you have gum disease, we suggest having scaling and root planing as soon as possible to restore a healthy smile. The procedures provide a variety of advantages, such as:
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you have signs of gum disease, don’t wait to see your dentist. We can save your smile and stop the infection. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment.