Scaling and Root Planing-Deep Cleaning Near Fairfax, Burke VA
We are all guilty of not brushing or flossing at night. Unfortunately, those guilty nights and delayed appointments to the dentist can lead to gum disease. Plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, forms on teeth and leads to gingivitis if improperly maintained. Eventually, the bacteria causes inflammation and deterioration of gums, creating deep pockets. The pockets trap plaque and cause bone or even tooth loss. Early stages of gingivitis are reversible with regular check ups. However, more severe cases may require scaling and root planing (deep cleaning).
What Causes gingivitis?
Gingivitis is the initial stage of gum disease (periodontal disease) that causes irritation, redness, and swelling of the your gingiva. Your gingiva is important gum soft tissue that attaches and holds your teeth in place. If neglected, gingivitis can lead to more invasive periodontal disease and even tooth loss. The most common causes of gingivitis are poor oral hygiene, tobacco use, age, dry mouth, poor nutrition, crooked teeth that are difficult to clean, hormonal changes related to pregnancy, genetics, or certain medical conditions.
What is Scaling and Root Planing Procedure?
Dr. Ghorbani performs scaling and root planing during the early stages of periodontal disease. First, Dr. Ghorbani numbs the areas of the mouth with local anesthetic where the treatment is going to performed. Then, a scaler is used to remove the plaque and tarter build up beneath the gums. Finally, any roughness on the tooth root is smoothed to maximize the adherence of your gums to your teeth. After a quick rinse, the procedure is complete!
Recovery from Scaling and Root Planing
Afterwards, you may have some sensitivity or tenderness after the procedure, however it is very manageable. Dr. Ghorbani will provide instructions on cleaning and eating to ease the healing process. The success of the treatment heavily depends on your commitment to the follow up exams and periodontal cleaning appointments. If intervention is done early enough, you won’t have to go through the hassle and pain of surgery. If you suffer with gum disease, a deep cleaning may be a quick and painless step towards a healthier life.
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