Dental Cleaning

Dental cleaning, also known as scaling and root planning, is a treatment method used to manage and treat gum disease without the need for surgical intervention. It is typically the initial approach for patients with mild to moderate gum disease before considering surgical options.

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common condition caused by the accumulation of plaque and tartar on the teeth and along the gumline. This buildup harbours bacteria that can infect the gums, leading to inflammation, bleeding, and potential damage to the supporting structures of the teeth, such as the gums, periodontal ligaments, and jawbone.

Dental cleaning aims to remove the plaque, tartar, and bacteria from below the gumline, where regular brushing and flossing cannot reach effectively. The procedure involves two main steps: scaling and root planning.

  •  Scaling: During scaling, the dentist or dental hygienist uses special instruments to carefully remove the plaque, tartar, and bacteria from the tooth surfaces, both above and below the gumline. This process may involve manual scraping tools or ultrasonic instruments that use vibrations and water to dislodge and remove the deposits.

  • Root Planning: After scaling, the next step is root planning. This process involves smoothing out the rough surfaces of the tooth roots to eliminate any remaining bacteria and to promote the reattachment of the gums to the teeth. By creating a smooth surface, the gum tissue can more easily adhere to the roots, reducing the space for bacteria to accumulate and reducing the risk of further inflammation.

Dental cleaning is typically performed under local anesthesia to ensure patient comfort. The procedure may be completed in a single visit, or depending on the severity of the gum disease, it may require multiple visits.

Following dental cleaning, patients are advised to maintain good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing, and using an antimicrobial alcohol free mouthwash. It is crucial to attend follow-up appointments to monitor the healing process and evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment. In some cases, additional treatments or maintenance therapy may be recommended to manage gum disease and prevent its progression.

Dental cleaning can be highly effective in treating mild to moderate gum disease. However, for more advanced cases, surgical interventions such as gum flap surgery or bone grafting may be necessary. It is essential to consult with a dental professional to determine the most appropriate treatment plan based on individual needs and the severity of the gum disease.


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