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The initial stage of treatment for periodontal disease is usually a thorough cleaning that may include scaling and root planing. The objective of these non-surgical procedures is to remove etiologic agents such as dental plaque and tartar, or calculus, which cause gingival inflammation and disease. Scaling and root planing can be used as a stand-alone treatment, or a preventative measure. They are commonly performed on cases of gingivitis and moderate to severe periodontal disease.
What do the procedures entail?Dr. Garibov will only recommend scaling and root planing after a thorough examination of the mouth, which may include taking X-rays and visually examining the mouth. Depending on the condition of the gums, the amount of tartar present, the depth of the pockets, and the progression of periodontal disease Dr. Garibov may recommend scaling and root planing. In some cases, a local anesthetic may be used during the procedure.
ScalingWhen scaling is performed, calculus and plaque that attaches to the tooth surfaces are removed. The process especially targets the area below the gum line, along the root. Scaling is performed with a special dental tool called an ultrasonic scaling tool. The scaling tool usually includes an irrigation process that can be used to deliver an antimicrobial agent below the gums to help reduce oral bacteria.
Root PlaningRoot planing is performed in order to remove cementum and surface dentin that is embedded with unwanted microorganisms, toxins and tartar. The root of the tooth is literally smoothed, which promotes healing, and also helps prevent bacteria from easily colonizing in the future.
Antibiotics or irrigation with anti-microbials (chemical agents or mouth rinses) may be recommended to help control the growth of bacteria that create toxins and cause periodontitis. In some cases, Dr. Garibov may place antibiotic fibers in the periodontal pockets after scaling and planing. This may be done to control infection and to encourage normal healing.
When deep pockets between teeth and gums are present, it is difficult for our dental hygienist to thoroughly remove plaque and tartar. Patients can seldom, if ever, keep these pockets clean and free of plaque. Consequently, surgery may be needed to restore periodontal health.
Benefits of Treatment
- If treatment is successful, scaling and root planing may have many periodontal benefits. One is that it can help prevent gum disease. Research has proven that bacteria from periodontal infections can travel through the blood stream and affect other areas of the body, sometimes causing heart and respiratory diseases. Scaling and root planing removes bacteria that causes these conditions.
- Another benefit of treatment is protecting teeth against tooth loss. When gum pockets exceed 3mm in depth, the risk for periodontal disease increases. As pockets deepen, more bacteria are able to colonize the pocket causing a chronic inflammatory response by the body to destroy gingival and bone tissue. This eventually leads to tooth loss.
- Finally, scaling and root planing may make the mouth more aesthetically pleasing, and should reduce bad breath caused from food particles and bacteria in the oral cavity. Superficial stains on the teeth will be removed during scaling and root planing, adding an extra bonus to the procedures.
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Who ever thought it would be fun going to the dentist. But when the staff is so friendly and helpful it makes the experience worthwhile. I have been a patient here for over twenty five years for either periodontal work by the doctor or every three months for cleaning. My experiences have all been very positive.
Periodontal surgery is never pleasant. That being said, Dr. Garibov and his staff made me feel comfortable. The environment in the office was always professional and caring! I will continue to use Dr. Garibov for all of my periodontal needs.
I had a wonderful experience with Dr. Garibov and his team. Everyone made me feel comfortable, from front staff to back staff. It was a pleasure being a patient and would recommend this office. Thank you Dr. Garibov and team!
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