How Scaling and Root Planing Periodontal Disease Treatment Is Performed
The goal of scaling and root planing is to reduce pocket depths around the teeth. Periodontal pockets occur when disease producing bacteria release toxins that destroy the attachment between gum tissues and the teeth. The pockets can attract additional bacteria and debris, which perpetuates the infection. Scaling and root planing involves cleaning below the gum line using special scaling instruments. It is a treatment that may be performed under local anesthesia or with the use of Oraqix to improve patient comfort. You may need to use a prescription strength antimicrobial rinse to enhance healing following the procedure.
Benefits of Scaling and Root Planing Gum Disease Treatment
You may benefit from scaling and root planing gum disease treatment if you have been diagnosed with gum disease and show early signs of periodontal infection. This treatment helps to control the spread of the infection and reduce the depths of periodontal pockets. Once the infection starts to spread, it can cause gum recession, loss of bone, and ultimately tooth loss if left untreated. So that we can evaluate for healing, your treatment may be completed in separate sessions.
Learn more about scaling and root planing periodontal disease treatment at our North Andover or Medford periodontal office by scheduling your appointment with Dr. Turner today.