Scaling and root planing are also referred to as deep cleaning. In this procedure, tartar, plaque and toxins are removed from above and below the gum line (scaling), and rough spots on root surfaces are made smooth (planing). This procedure helps gum tissue to heal and pockets to shrink. Medications, special medicated mouth rinses and an electric tooth brush may be recommended to help control infection and healing, and local anaesthetics can be used to numb the area to provide further comfort during the treatment procedure.
If the pockets do not heal after scaling and root planing, periodontal surgery may be needed to reduce pocket depths, making teeth easier to clean. Periodontal treatment methods depend upon the type and severity of the disease. Your dentist will evaluate your mouth and recommend the appropriate treatment.
At Tyler Dental Artz, we provide a variety of surgical services. We pride ourselves on the fact that we are very conservative in our treatment recommendations and limit surgery to the areas where it is absolutely necessary.
Many times, the early stages of periodontal disease are best treated with non-surgical periodontal therapy. Even in severe cases, non-surgical periodontal therapy often precedes surgical therapy. This is done to improve the overall tissue quality prior to surgery and also to help limit the areas requiring surgery. Your dentist may recommend antibiotic therapy as an adjunctive therapy in addition to conventional root planing and scaling treatments and regular dental visits, along with an individual homecare plan.
Talk with your dentist or hygienist about the best treatment options for your periodontal health and if antibiotic therapy will benefit you.