Gum disease affects more than half of adults in the U.S., and many are unaware that they have it. The astonishing fact is that gum disease and its devastating effects can be stopped with scaling and root planing – a professional deep cleaning of the teeth. Here is a look at how your Hyde Park dentist can put a stop to your gum disease and what you can expect from this procedure.
First, let’s take a look at what happens when you have gum disease.
Our mouths are home to millions of bacteria. Practicing good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly helps to remove plaque buildup and bacteria that causes gum disease and cavities. On the flip side, if you do not take good care of your teeth, gum disease develops and can lead to inflamed gums that bleed, loose teeth, cavities, loss of jawbone, and more. Thankfully, repetitive treatments of scaling and root planing can remove this harmful bacteria, plaque buildup, and help get your oral health back to an optimal level.
Scaling and Root Planing – The Procedure
This procedure is best tolerated while numb. Typically, only one side of the mouth is treated at a time so that you do not have your entire mouth numb all at once. As you sit relaxed, our expert dental hygienist removes buildup from your teeth and under the gum line. Using special instruments, the hygienist also smooths the roots of each tooth affected by gum disease. The process helps the gums heal and prevents further damage that could be caused by gum disease. After the procedure, you may experience a little discomfort once the numbness wears off. This is because your teeth were cleaned below the gum line, which is typically a bit more sensitive than the exposed area of your teeth. It is a small price to pay to keep your teeth though!
Why you may need scaling and root planing
Gum disease causes the gums to actually separate from the teeth, forming periodontal pockets. These pockets harbor harmful bacteria that erode teeth, gums, and the jawbone. As the pockets become larger, it is an access point for bacteria to enter the bloodstream and affect the entire body, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. The only way to deep clean your teeth once these pockets develop is through the process of scaling and root planing. Otherwise, you run the risk of eventual tooth loss as the disease worsens.
Risks of scaling and root planing
There are minimal risks involved with scaling and root planing, but these risks generally apply to people with a certain medical history such as those with a compromised immune system, heart issues, artificial joints or medical implants, or those who have had major surgery recently. In these instances, a round of antibiotics can help minimize the potential risks involved with the procedure. To understand any potential risks involved with this procedure, speak with your dentist in Hyde Park at University Dental Professionals as risks may vary depending on the severity of your gum disease as well as your health history. Choosing an expert periodontist in Hyde Park will help reduce your chances of any risks or complications.
Caring for your mouth after scaling and root planing
Scaling and root planing helps stop the progression of gum disease, but you are also expected to do your part as well. This means that you need to practice good oral hygiene, stop smoking if you smoke, limit your intake of sugar, and adhere to your prescribed treatment for gum disease.
Gum Disease Treatment in Hyde Park
To learn more about scaling and root planing or how to improve your oral health, call University Dental Professionals by calling (773) 684-5702 and schedule a consultation. During your consultation, feel free to address any concerns or ask questions that you may have regarding your procedure or your oral health.
University Dental Professionals welcomes patients of the Hyde Park area of Chicago.