brighton scaling and root planing

When you have warning signs of periodontal disease, then you need treatment to manage the issue and prevent concerns like periodontitis, which can cause tooth loss. Our team can help manage the issue with a deep cleaning, known as scaling and root planing. In today’s blog, your Brighton, MA, dentist talks about how we can protect smiles from periodontal disease with a scaling and root planing.

The Dangers of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease can occur due to inflammation brought on by poor oral hygiene, tobacco use, and a diet high in sugar and starch, all of which promote the plaque and tartar buildup that irritates and inflames the gum tissues. Without care to reverse this information, you can develop gum disease. Over time, the disease can grow in severity until reaching the periodontitis stage, which can cause adult tooth loss. Which is why we urge you to see us right away when you experience the early symptoms, such as sore, red, and bleeding gums, or tissues that recede to make teeth appear longer than usual. In the early stages, we can help with a deep cleaning!

Scaling and Root Planing

The scaling and root planing uses the same ultrasonic scaling device and manual pick that a cleaning requires, but also removes buildup from the roots and teeth alike, and even from beneath the gum line. The process can take one visit, or in cases of severe buildup, as many as two to four. After we remove the buildup, we will polish the teeth to make them brighter and lower the ability of major buildup occurring before your next visit. Since this is more involved than a traditional cleaning, our team can provide anesthesia and sedation to ensure you’re comfortable and relaxed the entire time.

Protecting Your Smile

After your scaling and root planing, our team can recommend a traditional dental cleaning every three to four months, so we can control buildup and manage the disease to keep your smile healthy and whole. At home, you can also help with better brushing and flossing habits, healthier diets, and by avoiding tobacco products. If you have any questions about how our team will manage your disease and keep your smile whole with a scaling and root planing, or to schedule a visit with our team, then contact our office today to learn more.

Talk to Brighton Family Dental About Preventive Dental Care

We would like to help you enjoy good oral health and avoid the risk of periodontitis. Learn more about treating periodontal disease by giving us a call at Brighton Family Dental Group in Brighton, MA, today at (617) 562-5210. We want to ensure your gums remain healthy and beautiful, so your smile stays attractive and strong!