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Reversing the Harmful Effects of Tartar

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The purpose of scaling and root planing is to mechanically remove etiologic agents that can cause inflammation of the gingiva and bone. Common harmful agents removed by this preventative periodontal therapy include tartar and plaque. Doctors Network has streamlined the process of searching for a periodontist near you that takes your insurance.

These non-surgical procedures which completely cleanse the gum pockets, work very effectively for patients suffering from mild gum inflammation and/or even severe periodontitis.

Why you might need scaling/root planingScaling and root planing can be used both as a preventative measure as well as a stand-alone service. Deep cleaning is performed as prevention for patients suffering from periodontal disease.
Here are a few reasons why deep cleanings may be necessary:

  • Aesthetic effects
    Deep teeth cleaning helps clean off plaque and calculus from tooth roots and under the gumline. Additionally, if superficial stains are on the teeth, they will be removed when getting the scaling and root planing procedure.
  • Tooth protection
    When gum pockets are deeper than 3mm, there is an increased risk of periodontitis. As gum pockets become deeper, they tend to house more of dangerous bacteria. Ultimately, an inflammatory response by the body begins to damage bone and gingival tissue which could cause tooth loss. Periodontal disease is the main cause of tooth loss in the world.
  • Disease prevention
    The anaerobic bacteria that cause periodontal infections can travel through the bloodstream to other organs of the body. Research supports that heart disease and lung infections have been linked to periodontal bacteria. Scaling and root planing removes bacteria and halts gum disease, thus preventing the infectious bacteria from infecting other organs of the body.
  • Better breath
    One of the most common signs of periodontitis is halitosis. Bacteria and food particles can cause a foul odor in the mouth which can be alleviated with cleaning procedures such as scaling and root planing.

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What does scaling and root planing entail?Deep cleaning or Scaling and root planing treatments are only performed after a thorough exam of the gums and teeth. The dentist, will take dental X-rays, perform clinical exams, and make a diagnosis before recommending or performing these procedures.
Depending on the current condition of the gums, the extent of calculus present, the gingival pocket depths, and the severity of the gum disease, novocaine may be administered.

ScalingThis part of the procedure is usually performed using special dental instruments and may include an ultrasonic cleaning device. The scaling instrument removes plaque and calculus from the root as well as the crown surfaces. In many cases, the scaling instrument includes irrigation of the gum tissue that can also be used to deliver an antibacterial agent below the gums that can help reduce the density of oral bacteria.

Root PlaningThis part of the procedure is the treatment that serves to remove the root cementum and dentin that is infested with harmful bacteria, tartar, and toxins. The root of the tooth is literally smoothed to promote good healing. Having smooth and clean root surfaces stops bacteria from colonizing in the future.
After this procedure, the gum pockets may be treated with antibiotic agents. This will alleviate irritation and help the gum tissues to heal faster.
On your next visit, the Brooklyn dentist or hygienist will carefully examine the gingival tissues again to see how they have healed. If the gingival pockets still measure more than 3mm in depth, more aggressive treatments may be recommended.
If you have any questions about deep cleaning or scaling and root planing in Crown Heights, Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, Park Slope, Clinton Hill, or any other parts of Brooklyn, please ask Dr. Pooria Shahin DDS, your dentist at 1st Impression Dental.

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