Scaling and Root Planing Can Improve the Health of Your Smile
If you have mild to moderate gum disease, our doctors at Periodontal Associates of Jackson, P.A. may recommend a scaling and root planing treatment. During this non-surgical procedure, we can eliminate the buildup of tartar and calculus below the gum line, helping to protect your smile from more advanced stages of periodontal disease. As members of the American Academy of Periodontology, Dr. Roger Parkes and Dr. R. Clarke Stewart in Jackson, MS, take great pride in helping their patients achieve optimal oral health, which is why they incorporate the most advanced and gentle techniques into their periodontal treatments.
Common Signs of Gum Disease
The early signs of gum disease are often undetectable to the untrained eye, which is why it is vital to schedule a routine dental checkup every six months. If you do have gum disease, you may experience:
- Red or inflamed gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Dental sensitivity
- Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
- Gum recession
- Tooth decay
During your consultation, Dr. Parkes or Dr. Stewart can use the latest technology to evaluate the health of your smile and determine the extent of damage. We may recommend a scaling and root planing treatment for mild to moderate gum disease. If your condition is advanced, more extensive procedures can help to preserve your oral health, including LANAP® laser surgery, soft tissue grafting, or the Chao Pinhole® surgical technique.
What to Expect during the Procedure
On the day of your procedure, your doctor can apply a topical anesthetic to your gums for optimal comfort. Using a scaler device, he can gently remove plaque buildup and bacteria from base of the tooth, below the gum line, and in between teeth. He can then use a planing device to smooth the tooth roots, eliminating areas that can harbor infection-causing bacteria. If necessary, he can apply a topical antibiotic to the gum line as a defense against any remaining infection.
After the procedure, we can provide detailed at-home care instructions to ensure your gums heal and properly reattach to the base of the tooth. We may also recommend oral hygiene adjustments, such as specialized tooth brushes, toothpastes, or mouthwashes to help manage side effects and improve oral health.
The Importance of Treatment
This nonsurgical treatment can address the early stages of gum disease and prevent further dental damage. If let untreated, gum disease can lead to gum recession, tooth loss, jawbone atrophy, and other serious health conditions. Research has also shown that the health of your smile can directly impact your overall health. Periodontal disease has been linked to digestive issues, diabetes, and heart disease.
This nonsurgical treatment can address the early stages of gum disease and prevent further dental damage.
Gum disease is generally the result of poor oral hygiene, but can also be attributed to heredity, hormonal changes, smoking, and certain medications. Visiting the dentist for routine examinations and cleanings biannually can help prevent the onset of this condition. When detected early as gingivitis, side effects are manageable and often reversible. However, once gum disease advances, the condition is incurable and may require more extensive periodontal surgery.
Addressing gum disease early with a scaling and root planing treatment can:
- Protect your smile from soft and hard tissue loss
- Help you avoid costly surgical and restorative procedures
- Help prevent dental misalignment and tooth loss
- Eliminate chronic bad breath
- Improve your oral and physical health
We can customize this treatment to meet your unique oral health needs.
Protect Your Oral Health
If you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease, contact our office online or call (601) 956-1230 to schedule a consultation with one of our highly trained periodontists. Identifying gum disease early can protect your long-term oral health.