Gum disease is not fun. It may not cause constant discomfort, but it can really ruin your smile if it is left unchecked. Luckily, gum disease is treatable, and one potential treatment is scaling and root planing. The way this treatment works is to clear out the plaque and tartar that got under your gums and caused this issue.
Often, when the gums get infected, they can pull away from the teeth. When this happens, plaque takes advantage of this opening and moves on in. The plaque can gather on your tooth roots, where it can spread out and cause more problems for your mouth. The plaque can also harden into tartar, making it more difficult to remove.
If you brush, floss and visit our dentists every six months, you can prevent gum disease from happening. However, brushing and flossing cannot help you remove plaque once it gets entrenched under the gums. Visiting our dentists can, as they have a more potent method, which is the scaling and root planing treatment.
Scaling is the cleansing part of this treatment. Using special tools, our dentist can remove the plaque and tartar from under your gums and off your roots. The planing part involves smoothing the surfaces of the tooth roots. This helps keep plaque from building on the roots again, as it can have a difficult time clinging to the smoother surfaces. With the plaque and tartar gone, your gums can have more opportunity to heal.
If you are concerned about discomfort during the treatment, we offer some sedation treatments to help you feel more relaxed. We try to help you feel comfortable as possible while we work to treat what ails you. Overall, you need not avoid this treatment, as it is meant to help you feel better and have a healthy smile.
If you wonder if gum disease is present, we can examine things here at Angleton Family Dental in Angleton, Texas. You need only call 979-308-4450 to set up a visit. We look forward to meeting with you and helping you have an excellent smile.