Periodontal Tooth Scaling in Long Island
At Dr. Scharf’s office, we provide a variety of periodontal procedures to our patients. We strive to provide high-quality work that our patients can trust. We know that each of our patients is an individual with different needs and concerns, so we always take this into account at every appointment. Our team works with you to figure out the best choices for your personal oral hygiene. We will listen to your needs and concerns and help you make a plan.
We are also invested in educating our patients on the importance and relevance of different dental procedures. Many of our patients have questions about certain procedures such as what they are, how they are performed, and how they can be helpful. One of the services we provide is known as periodontal tooth scaling. Dr. Scharf can offer periodontal tooth scaling and periodontal root planing to patients. If you have ever wondered about this non-surgical treatment and how it could help you, this article goes into those details. We offer gum scaling in Long Island as well as many other services.
What are these procedures?
If you have ever gotten your teeth cleaned, you know that the routine cleaning involves scaling of the teeth and gumline in order to get rid of plaque and tartar buildup. These scaling techniques keep teeth clean. Scaling teeth is a procedures that’s done in order to keep teeth and gums healthy.
Similarly, periodontal tooth scaling, as well as root planing, can be necessary for some patients to keep their gums and teeth clean. If you have symptoms of gum disease, this procedure might be right for you.
When is this procedure recommended?
Routine cleanings from a dental hygienist are done to prevent gum (or periodontal) disease. Scaling and root planing are similarly a non-surgical procedure that is done to treat periodontal disease once it has started. This process, which is sometimes referred to as deep cleaning, is a highly reminded treatment for patients with periodontitis that persists.
Healthy gum tissue will fit tightly around the teeth. When gum tissue is unhealthy, it can cause deep pockets to form in the gums as plaque builds up. If you have advanced signs of gum disease, including bad breath or tartar buildup, we might recommend scaling and root planing as a way to treat your condition.
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What is the process like?
These procedures might take more than one appointment. A local anesthetic is very often used to minimize pain or discomfort. Dr. Scharf will scale the plaque and tartar from your teeth and root surfaces. Then, for the root planing portion, he will smooth rough areas on the surface of the roots of your teeth. When root surfaces are smooth, bacteria is less likely to re-attach underneath the gumline which means gums are more likely to attach normally and heal.
What happens after the procedure?
You will be asked to have a follow-up visit with us at Dr. Scharf’s office. At this appointment, the healing of your gums will be assessed. In many cases, the red and swollen gum tissue will become firm again and back to the healthy, pink color. In many cases, bleeding will listen and those pockets will get smaller. If your gums respond to the treatment positively, further treatment might not be needed.
If you are suffering from advanced periodontal disease, it is possible further, surgical procedures might be necessary to prevent bone loss. But, in many cases, periodontal scaling and root planing can reduce the amount of surgery needed.
What happens in the future to prevent gum disease from returning?
After you are treated by Dr. Scharf, it is essential that you keep up on a daily oral hygiene regimen and maintain good dental habits. You will likely be put on a schedule of visits to ensure you get regular cleanings and checkups. Maintenance visits usually involve routine cleanings as well as measurement of pockets to ensure your gums are healthy again.
It is also important to maintain healthy habits such as brushing and flossing twice daily.
How do I prevent periodontal(gum) disease?
The American Dental Association recommends the following habits in order to prevent gum disease:
- -Brush at least twice a day and use toothpaste with fluoride.
- -Replace toothbrushes when the bristles wear down.
- -Floss at least once a day.
- -Use a mouthwash with antimicrobial ingredients.
- -Don’t smoke or use any products that contain tobacco such as chewing tobacco, cigars, cigarettes, etc.
Schedule an Appointment
If you have noticed signs of periodontal disease, please give us a call right away. Our friendly, front desk staff are happy to help schedule an appointment at a time that works best for you. Dr. Scharf can asses your teeth and see if scaling and root planing could help improve your gum disease.