Do you have gum disease? Believe it or not, but a lot of people, nearly half of adults, are walking around every day with gum disease and don’t even know it! Ignoring this disease can lead to serious health consequences such as increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Thankfully, there is a simple procedure that can stop gum disease in its tracks, and save you from these serious health ailments. Terry Soule, DDS, offers scaling and root planing as part of their periodontal treatment program. Take a look at today’s blog to see how this procedure can treat your gum disease.

What is scaling and root planing?

This procedure is essentially a deep cleaning of your teeth. Our dental hygienist will make sure that your mouth is numb before beginning this procedure. The reason we use anesthesia beforehand is part of the cleaning process involves scraping plaque and tartar buildup off of the roots of your teeth, which may not be a comfortable process without anesthesia. Since your mouth is numb, we usually split this treatment into two separate appointments to avoid having your entire mouth numb at once.

The scaling part of the procedure involves removing tartar buildup from your teeth, as well as under the gum line. Then, root planning is a step in which the hygienist uses a special instrument to smooth the roots of your teeth to prevent bacteria from adhering to again.

What should I expect afterward?

Afterward, your gums may need a few days to heal and begin reattaching to your teeth. It is important that you maintain good oral hygiene habits at home following your scaling and root planing treatment. Brush your teeth twice a day, and floss daily, which is probably one of the most important aspects of fighting gum disease. It was not adhering to that recommendation that got you here in the first place. So, getting a scaling and root planing treatment yet not doing your part at home will pretty much be a waste, and ensures that your gum disease will resurface and get worse.

Are there any risks to scaling and root planing?

In general, it’s not receiving treatment when you need it that is the true risk. However, certain patients may be more likely to experience risks associated with this treatment unless certain protocols are followed before treatment. In these cases, a round of antibiotics may be necessary before your deep cleaning.

You may need antibiotics if you:

  • Have a weakened immune system
  • Recently had surgery
  • Have any artificial joints or medical implants
  • Experience heart issues or have heart disease

It is important, therefore, to discuss your complete medical history with Dr. Soule during your consultation so that he can take proper precautions before your procedure.

Gum Disease Treatment in Orange City

If you would like to learn more about scaling and root planing, or the other ways that we treat gum disease, please contact our office by calling (386) 775-1552 to schedule a consultation.

Terry Soule, DDS, is proud to serve patients in the areas of DeBary, Deltona, and Orange City.