Periodontal scaling and root planing is deep type of teeth cleaning that is done when gum disease has progressed to the advanced stage of periodontitis. Here at Briarcliff Smile Design, our goal is to prevent gum disease entirely. But the next best thing to that is halting it from going beyond its early stage.
Gum disease can sneak up on you. Even if you are brushing twice per day and flossing thoroughly each night, it’s possible for dental plaque to evade the reach of your oral hygiene by hiding away in gum pockets. Once there, it will eventually turn into tartar, a hardened form that must be removed with a professional teeth cleaning. When you come in to see our dentist near Ossining every six months, in addition to taking care of your teeth and addressing the possible effects of plaque and tartar on them, your gums will also be examined. Redness and irritation are the primary symptoms of gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease. You may not even notice any reason to be concerned. But our dentist near Ossining will be able to reverse any damage done with a teeth cleaning (or two). However, if you miss your scheduled dental exam and gum disease is not stopped, the mild symptoms of gingivitis will give way to the more serious and noticeable ones, such as persistent bad breath, receding gums, bleeding gums when you brush, erosion of gum and bone tissue, and maybe loose teeth. Periodontal scaling and root planing requires the use of ultrasonic and/or hand scraping tools to get down to the roots and clean out the offending plaque and tartar. Your gums will then begin to return to their normal vibrant and healthy state.
Our dentist near Ossining is pleased to be able to offer non-invasive methods for treatment all stages of gum disease, whenever possible. Schedule an appointment by calling our office right now.