Finding scaling and root planing near you is essential if you were diagnosed with periodontal disease or have any of its symptoms. At Marshfield Dental Group in Marshfield, MA, we’ve been treating patients with periodontal disease with these procedures for a long time.
There are multiple treatments for periodontal disease, but we usually start with scaling and root planing. Another term for this procedure is “deep cleaning.”
The ability to recognize the symptoms of periodontal disease is important so that you can head to a dentist in Marshfield, MA, straight away for treatment. The longer treatment is delayed, the higher the risk of complications. Early symptoms and signs of periodontal disease include gums that are swollen, tender, and red. You might also notice your gums bleeding while brushing your teeth.
Some patients notice their gums receding from their teeth and bad breath. Without treatment, teeth can become loose, and the jawbones might be affected. At Marshfield Dental Group, we diagnose and treat patients with periodontal disease as soon as possible to get you the care you need. Early treatment helps prevent complications and lower the need for surgery.
Periodontal disease is often due to plaque and tartar. These collections adhere to the teeth and gums, leading to infections. Scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) is important to remove these collections and give the gums time to heal. Scaling is the removal of all plaque, tartar, and bacterial toxins. Root planing is then done to make the roots smoother and decrease the risk of recurrence.
Many patients with mild periodontal disease respond to scaling and root planing. Others might require antibiotics. Antibiotics can be given orally through tablets and pills or topically using antibiotic gels. The type used will depend on the severity of the infection. Patients with severe periodontal disease and bone loss will most likely need flap surgery and bone grafts.