If you are experiencing the early stages of gum disease, a scaling and root planing will likely be recommended. Also known as deep cleaning, this process goes a step beyond routine cleaning to reduce levels of plaque. Moreover, the process is non-invasive and relatively simple, making it easily tolerated by most patients. More about this procedure and what it offers is below.
Deep Cleaning Compared to Routine Cleaning
Routine cleaning sessions, normally performed at biannual check-ups at our Houston office, include the use of scaling instruments to clear plaque away from the tooth crowns outside of the gums. During a deep cleaning, Dr. Nazari also clears plaque away from beneath the gumline. Whereas routine cleaning can help reduce risks of developing gum disease, scaling and root planing becomes necessary to treat the condition after it has already developed and bacteria have accumulated in places where basic cleaning practices cannot reach them.
The Deep Cleaning Procedure
Either a manual scaling tool or an ultrasonic scaler is used for scaling and root planing. A manual scaling tool requires scraping along all areas of the tooth enamel to remove the plaque there, but an ultrasonic scaler clears the plaque away through tiny, high-frequency vibrations. The two methods can also be combined in order to remove the largest amount of plaque possible.
Maintaining Results Afterwards
Caring for your teeth after scaling and root planing may involve a combination of at-home and in-office care. For example, our dentist may advise you to brush and floss more frequently or reduce your intake of sugary foods and drinks, and visit our Houston dentist more frequently for check-ups, including follow-up exams to confirm that the deep cleaning had the desired results.
Gum disease is highly prevalent among adults today, and its long-term effects can involve the heart and other areas throughout the body. When the condition is caught before it progresses to severe periodontitis, it usually responds to a combination of deep cleaning and improved oral hygiene. You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Nazari to learn more about deep cleaning and our other gum disease treatment options.
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