The gum line plays an important role in oral health. Without healthy gums, a smile can suffer greatly as the gum line recedes and teeth become more susceptible to bacteria and damage. If other gum disease treatment methods have failed to remove built-up plaque and tartar, and pockets have begun to form between the teeth and gums, then a teeth scaling and root planing procedure may be able to help mitigate the issue. At Thornton Park Dental Arts, our dentists in Orlando, FL, are well-versed in the scaling and root planing procedures and can provide quality care to restore your oral health to a satisfactory state.
Deep gum cleaning involves the use of scaling and root planing to remove tartar, plaque, and other debris from below the gum line. When bacteria becomes trapped inside pockets around the gums, patients can experience inflammation, gum and tooth sensitivity, gum recession, and even chronic bad breath.
This process is broken up into two parts: teeth scaling and root planing. Scaling involves the use of a special dental instrument to remove and scrape built-up bacteria, plaque, and tartar from the surface of the affected teeth. After scaling, root planing is performed to smooth the root surfaces, prompting the root to heal while also removing bacteria and preventing future build-ups from occurring.
During the initial visit at our Orlando dentist office, one of our dentists will determine if periodontal treatment is necessary to combat developing gum disease, or periodontitis. Depending on the severity of gum disease, the entire process may be broken up into several visits in order to address each area of the mouth in a more manageable manner. During the process, the infected area will be numbed, and our dental staff will begin removing the plaque and tartar on the teeth. Once cleaned, the smoothing process will occur to ensure the teeth properly reattach to the gums and to prevent tartar, plaque, and other substances from reforming. Patients may feel a slight pressure as our staff works to remove debris around the teeth, but no pain should occur during the scaling and root planing procedure.
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Patients can expect to experience sore and swollen gums after the completion of the scaling and root planing procedure, with most of the pain occurring within the first few hours. Hot, crunchy, sweet, and hard foods should be avoided for a few days after the procedure, as these can easily irritate the gums. In some cases, bleeding may occur after a patient brushes his or her teeth, but this should last no longer than one to two days. If excessive pain or bleeding occurs, or a bump begins to develop inside the mouth, a follow-up appointment should be scheduled immediately.
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Once the gums have fully healed, patients should be able to return to normal eating habits all while enjoying the benefits of healthy, plaque-free gums. If you’re experiencing symptoms of gum disease, or have started to notice aesthetic issues with your gum line, contact our dentist office in Orlando, FL today. We treat every patient with care to ensure a comfortable and efficient dental treatment process based on their individualized needs.