One of the most important things that any person can have is healthy gums. The gums do more than just hold teeth in place, they are a living part of your mouth and keeping them healthy is not just a great way to keep all your teeth, but to ensure that you have great cardiovascular health as well. One of the most important procedures for ensuring your gums remain healthy is scaling and root planing. At New Essence Dentistry in Sacramento, our team of professionals helps you get the best periodontal health through this procedure. With scaling and root planing, you won’t have to worry about periodontal disease because it will be addressed during the procedure.
The reason folks need scaling and root planing are usually because there are some health problems with the gums. Scaling and root planing are how dental professionals prepare gums that need to have surgery such as a restoration, but the procedure also ensures that any tartar or plaque that is below the gum line is removed. The reason this is important is that your toothbrush can’t get everywhere and when this happens, your gums are at an increased risk of receding from your teeth.
There are two ways that dentists perform scaling and root planing. The first thing they will do is numb your gums with a local anesthetic so that you feel little to no discomfort. Afterward, there are two methods: manual scaling and ultrasonic scaling. The difference between the two is that manual scaling relies on a dentist to have an attuned sense of touch to know where the plaque is and clean it out. Ultrasonic instruments essentially crack the plaque with vibrations and wash it out of the area with water. Of the two procedures, the ultrasonic one is usually more preferred by patients.
Making an appointment to get scaling and root planing is easy. Generally, appointments are made one quadrant at a time. Give New Essence Dentistry a call today to see if scaling and root planing is right for you.