While routine cleanings are intended to prevent periodontal disease, over time your gums can become infected by bacteria. Periodontal disease can be treated with scaling and root planing procedures in Hamilton. Root planing and tooth scaling are recommended when you notice signs of gum disease, including:
Red, swollen or tender gums
Pain in your mouth
Bleeding while brushing, flossing or eating hard food
Receding gums/gums that are pulling away from teeth
Loose or separating teeth
Pus between your gums and teeth
Sores in your mouth
Persistent bad breath
Misaligned teeth when you bite
When you notice any of these signs, it is time to get periodontal help. Tooth scaling and root planing services are done in conjunction to remove the most plaque, bacteria and calculus (tartar) from your teeth and gums. If your gums are not in pain even though they have been infected, you will still want root planing and scaling done in Hamilton. Scaling and root planing are also essential services if you have infrequent dental cleanings or poor oral hygiene. These services help:
Stop periodontal disease progression
Prevent jawbone and tooth loss
Keep your bite/jaw aligned
Tooth Scaling in Hamilton
Scaling in Hamilton involves removal of dental plaque and microbial biofilm from the tooth. Using either a manual hand instrument or an ultrasonic device using sonic vibrations, your dentist will eliminate the harmful tartar from your teeth and your gum line.
Root Planing Therapy
Gum diseases often cause inflammation of the tissues which leads to separation of the gum from the root surface. The small space created from this separation is known as a periodontal pocket. Bacteria can easily accumulate in the periodontal pocket because it can be difficult to clean. Root planing fixes this problem by meticulous cleaning that goes beneath your gum line to remove all dental plaque and calculus that has built up in the periodontal pocket. Removing the plaque and calculus will get rid of the bacteria that cause gum disease, and root planing in Hamilton helps reduce inflammation and allows the gum disease to be properly treated.
Scaling and Root Planing vs. Standard Cleanings
Standard teeth cleanings help prevent plaque buildup and keep your teeth looking clean, but tooth scaling and root planing offer a much deeper clean that helps treat periodontal disease. Scaling and root planing procedures in Hamilton will often take more than one visit to complete because the instruments used dig deeper for a deeper clean. Generally one half or one quarter of your mouth will be cleaned at one appointment, and local anaesthetic may be used for parts of the mouth to reduce pain.