Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing, or gum therapy, sounds like a scary procedure – but this type of treatment is designed for you if you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease or chronic gum bleeding.
What is Periodontal Disease?
The periodontium is your gum and bone that supports your teeth. When plaque and tartar get stuck in the crevices around your gums, or periodontal pockets, this debris gets caked on your tooth and root surface for good. The minerals in your saliva make this plaque hard, causing tartar formation.
Your body initiates an immune response to fight this tartar buildup, in the process breaking down the structure supporting your teeth in your jawbone. Your gums will begin to recede and your teeth will begin to loosen over time, eventually causing them to fall out.
Periodontal disease can be prevented and stopped in its tracks with gum therapy.
What happens during Gum Therapy?
In order to clean the crevices around your teeth, you are anesthetized for your total comfort. This debris is removed by our hygiene team and flushed with an antibacterial rinse to jumpstart healing. Close monitoring is typically required for a period of time to ensure healing and disease stability.
Did I mention that your breath will smell way better?
Gum Disease Treatment in Raleigh
Having bacteria persist in your mouth can present significant health problems, especially for those at risk of heart disease, inflammatory diseases, and diabetes.
Raleigh cosmetic dentist Dr. Justin Russo and his highly trained hygiene staff will effectively diagnose your gum disease with the latest in diagnostic technology, and provide deep cleaning treatment options to fit with your schedule. Scaling and root planning can be performed comfortably with a local anesthetic.
If you’re in Raleigh, Cary, and Durham areas and looking for an experienced dentist you can trust, Dr. Justin Russo at Russo DDS, Raleigh is the right choice in maintaining optimal gum and dental health.