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If you are a victim of gum disease, there are many treatments that can help you, and one of the earlier treatments is scaling and root planing. This treatment is very beneficial and necessary if gum disease is just starting to take over your smile.

Why do I need this treatment?
Gum disease begins with the continuation of plaque growth on your smile and it could possibly end with bone deterioration and tooth loss if it is left untreated, which is why scaling and root planing is so beneficial. When you have gum disease, the plaque on your teeth begins to irritate your gums, making them move away from the teeth to create pockets. Then, bacteria, plaque, and other harmful particles gather in these pockets, infecting the area and altering your oral health. If these pockets are not cleaned on a regular basis, major problems could occur.

What is the process of scaling and root planing?
The process of scaling and root planing involves two parts: the scaling and the root planing. First, your dentist will scale your teeth and gums. This will deeply clean above and below the gumline, eliminating the plaque, bacteria, and other substances that can destroy your smile. Second, your dentist will start the root planing. During this section, he will smooth out the surfaces of your roots so your gums will reattach. Before you begin these treatments, your dentist will likely offer an anesthetic to help you get through the visit.

How should I care for my smile after treatment?
The recovery process is very important. You might feel a little bit of tenderness and sensitivity for about a week or so, but your dentist will prescribe a medication or an oral rinse to you if necessary. Be gentle as you brush and floss each day and try to prevent infection.

Our team at Dearborn West Dental cares about you and your smile and we want to do everything we can to help you have the strong and successful oral health you deserve. One of the main dental problems we want to avoid at all costs is gum disease, so if you ever experience the symptoms, please call 313-562-5610 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert Farber immediately.