Dental Scaling & Root Planing St. Albert

Dental Scaling & Root Planing St. Albert

Definition of plaque and its effect on the teeth

Plaque is a sticky substance that adheres to the tooth structure and is teeming with bacteria. Over time, plaque becomes calcified, known as calculus. This irritates the tissues of the mouth, leading to gum inflammation, recession, bleeding, and eventually bone loss.

Explanation of gingivitis and periodontitis

This is known as periodontal (gum) disease. The earliest stage of periodontal disease is called gingivitis, which is reversible, and is characterized by bleeding gums, especially when brushing and flossing. If not addressed, it can progress to periodontitis, which is far more destructive and characterized by further gum deterioration, bone loss, and ultimately tooth loss.

Scaling and Root Planing as a Treatment for Periodontal Disease

Scaling and root planing are the most common form of treatment for periodontal disease. Scaling removes calculus (also called tartar) and plaque from the tooth surface above and below the gum line. Root planing smoothes the root's surface and removes any remaining calculus.

The use Sonic and hand instruments

When the amount of plaque and calculus to remove is extensive, the dentist will numb the area to make the procedure comfortable for you. A combination of sonic and hand instruments are used in the procedure. The sonic instruments remove the large deposits of plaque and calculus. Hand instruments are then used to remove any remaining tartar and ensure all surfaces of the crown and root are clean and free of bacteria.

Follow-up Care

Sensitivity and soreness may be present a few days following treatment and usually can be relieved with over-the-counter pain relievers. A follow-up visit with St. Albert is usually scheduled for four weeks following treatment to check the improvement of gingival status, and regular intervals (3 month and 6 month intervals are typical) thereafter to monitor the disease. The goals are to eliminate the active inflammation caused by bacteria and reduce the periodontal pockets around the teeth so they cannot trap plaque or calculus, thus maintaining the present bone height around the teeth.

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