Over the years, the accumulation of bacteria in the mouth and teeth can lead to the formation of plaque, which is a hard-bacterial film that grows on the teeth and around the gum area. The gum line, or area where the gums meet the teeth, is one of the most common places for this plaque to accumulate, and pockets can even form along the gum line from old food particles that were not removed by brushing or flossing. When this occurs, it is impossible for you to get rid of this material with just a toothbrush or with dental floss at home. A visit to the dentist for scaling and planing, however, can remove all of this harmful plaque and can preserve your gums and teeth so that they last for many years.
Dental Scaling Tools
Common tools that are used to perform dental scaling and planing are dental scalers and curettes. A dental scaler is a pointed instrument that can be used to remove plaque and tartar by scraping it away. Ultrasound instruments can also be used that use vibration to loosen and remove the stubborn plaque. After scaling is completed, root planing is then done to get down near the lower part of the tooth beneath the gum and remove material that may be stuck in pocketed areas there. A local anesthetic can be given before the procedure is begun, and then after it is finished, the area is thoroughly washed out and cleansed of debris. There may be some gum tenderness afterwards, but this will go away in a few days.
Call to Schedule an Appointment With a Pennsylvania Scaling and Planing Dentist Today
If you are concerned about gum disease or have gum soreness or loosening teeth, call to schedule an appointment with a Pennsylvania scaling and planing dentist today. The dental professionals at Think Oral Implants and Periodontics are experienced in treating all forms of gum disease and can help you bring back your healthy smile. We serve the cities of Paoli, Malvern, West Philadelphia, Frazier, West Chester, Norristown, Wayne, Berwyn, Chesterbrook, Devault and surrounding communities. Visit our web page at https://think-oral-implants-and-periodontics.org/, or call us at 610-550-3333 and let us answer any questions you may have about dental scaling and planing today.