Almost half of all Americans over 30 have some form of chronic periodontitis, better known as gum disease.

Gum disease is the inflammation of the tissue around your gums that affects your teeth and the bones surrounding your teeth. Luckily, there are many warning signs of potential gum diseases you can look out for, including receding gums, swollen gums, bleeding gums, loose teeth, and an obvious bad taste in your mouth. Thankfully, Dr. Wells and his expert team of dental professionals have the remedy for gum disease – dental scaling and root planing.

 

What is Scaling and Root Planing?

Scaling and root planing sounds like a dangerous outdoor activity for adventurous thrill-seekers. In reality, scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning measure that helps you fight back against gum disease.

Dr. Wells will thoroughly scale and remove plaque, bacteria, and tartar from your teeth and gums, using an ultrasonic scaling device and/or manual instruments. Then, he will perform the root planing procedure where he will smooth out your roots’ affected areas in order to decrease gum tissue inflammation and allow your gums to reattach to your teeth. A properly smoothed root surface helps fight against bacteria, tarter, and plaque when they want to relocate under your gumline.

 

Why Should I Consider This Procedure?

Simply put, do you enjoy having teeth? Do you enjoy regular pink gums that are not inflamed and bleeding? Scaling and root planing is a necessary procedure when a regular cleaning cannot remove all of the plaque that is trapped in pockets. Pockets are the spaces that are formed when inflamed gums pull away from the teeth. Gum diseases, when untreated, can lead to tooth loss.

 

After-Procedure Maintenance

After you have fought vigilantly for your teeth and gums by having this procedure, there are plenty of steps you will need to continue to better combat further gum disease.

 

  • Properly brush and floss, multiple times a day.
  • Replace worn-down toothbrushes.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Eat healthy.
  • Visit us at South Charlotte Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for routing checkups.