Scaling and Root Planning
Dental Calculus or tartar is harden food debris. Even if you take great care of your teeth at home, you still have bacteria in your mouth. They mix with proteins and food byproducts to form a sticky film called dental plaque. As time goes by dental plaque become harden and difficult to clean. This gunk coats your teeth especially in hard-to-clean area like the back of your teeth, gets under your gum line, and between your teeth.
Dental Calculus formation is associated with bad breath, receding gums and swelling gum. Brushing and flossing can remove plaque from which calculus forms; however, once formed, it is too hard and firmly attached to be removed with toothbrush. Dental Calculus build up can be removed with scaling and root planning.
What is scaling and root planning?
Root planning and scaling is one of the most effective ways to treat gum disease before it becomes severe. Root planning and scaling cleans between the gums and the teeth down to the roots using hook-like instrument that vibrate and clean the calculus when it touch. You may need local anesthetic to numb your gums and the roots of your teeth if you feel unbearable discomfort.
What to Expect After Treatment?
Scaling and root planning causes little or no discomfort. If local anesthetic is used, your lips and gums may remain numb for a few hours.
What to Think About
Scaling and root planning is a simple procedure that can work very well to stop gum disease.
Brush and floss regularly afterward. Without proper dental care, your gum disease may progress.
To accelerate healing, stop all use of tobacco. Smoking or using spit tobacco reduces your ability to fight infection of your gums and delays healing.