Deep cleaning is often a first line of clinical care for gum disease after improved oral hygiene has failed to restore gum health. Also known as scaling and root planing, this procedure at our Houston dental office involves clearing plaque and bacteria out of the periodontal pockets, which develop along the teeth as gum disease worsens. At this stage, simple brushing and flossing are not able to clear the food and bacteria collected at the gum line, which makes scaling and root planing essential for recovery. Here is more about scaling and root planing and its role in eliminating gum disease.
How Deep Cleaning Works
Scaling and root planing requires using specialized instruments to reach the depths of periodontal pockets and scrape away the accumulated plaque. While scraping tools are commonly used during the cleaning step of routine check-ups, those applications normally do not involve addressing the areas under the gums as deep cleaning does. With the periodontal pockets cleared of plaque and bacteria, the teeth and gums can more easily be maintained with routine practices so that full gum health can return.
The Role of Deep Cleaning
Successfully ridding the gums of periodontitis requires combining deep cleaning with good oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing every day, limiting or avoiding sugar intake, and abstaining from tobacco are all beneficial steps to take. In some cases, gum disease may continue to cause problems despite a scaling and root planing. Patients in this situation may need more advanced periodontal treatments, such as gum flap surgery, in which the gums are cut to reach the deep tooth roots, and tissue grafting, which stimulates natural repair of tissues destroyed by gum disease.
Deep cleaning is a standard option for treating gum disease, a chronic condition for many patients. While some patients may need only one session of scaling and root planing, others may benefit from receiving this treatment repeatedly to help control gum disease. When scaling and root planing fails to reverse this condition, patients can receive a full range of other gum disease treatment options from Dr. Nazari. Patients can schedule a consultation at our office in Houston to learn more about how scaling and root planing works.
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