What to Expect During Treatment for Periodontal Disease

If your dentist has recommended periodontal disease treatment, you may wonder what the procedure involves. The most common non-surgical method that dentists use to treat periodontal disease is a process called scaling and planing Keep reading for an explanation of what to expect during this process.

Scaling Procedure

The planing and scaling procedure is a deep cleaning of your teeth and gums. During the scaling process of periodontal disease treatment, your dentist will remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, both above and below the gum line. The goal of scaling is to eliminate all plaque and tartar that crate a hospitable environment in which harmful bacteria thrive. A local anesthetic is sometimes administered before scaling begins in order to assure that patients remain comfortable during the procedure.

Planing Procedure

The term planing refers to the process of smoothing out the surfaces of your tooth’s root. Germs and bacteria gather on the rough spots of your tooth’s roots, so planing away these uneven areas will remove bacteria and eliminate trouble spots. Creating a smooth surface on the root of your tooth also encourages gum reattachment. The amount of time required for the scaling and planing procedure will depend on your individual periodontal issues. Your dentist can perform the procedure in one visit, but it also common to treat your mouth in halves or four quadrants, over the course of repeat visits.

After Your Procedure

After your periodontal disease treatment, you should experience minimal discomfort. If anesthesia was used in the process you may feel a slight numbness in your lips or gums. Some people report tenderness and minor bleeding in their gums following a scaling and planing treatment. However, because non-surgical periodontal disease treatment is generally a simple procedure, after effects will be minimal.

The dentists at Oak Creek Dental Care are experienced in administering anxiety-free periodontal disease treatment in Columbus, Ohio. If you suspect that you may be experiencing periodontal disease, call us at (614) 882-5525 to schedule a consultation. Our dentists and staff are known for their stress-free approach to dentistry that makes your comfort a top priority during treatment.

Categories: Periodontitis

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