Scaling and Root Planing
Gum disease is easy to ignore in its early stages. Yet without proper professional care, it can progress to the point of tooth loss. Gum disease also takes a toll on whole-body wellness, triggering systemic inflammation that has been linked to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other health conditions. Scaling and root planing at John Ravera, DDS General and Cosmetic Dentistry in Newport Beach, CA helps to reinstate gum health.
How oral diseases develop
- Do your gums look swollen or blotchy?
- Does brushing cause bleeding?
- Is your breath foul?
- Do teeth look longer than they used to?
- Can you wiggle a tooth with your fingers?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may be at some stage of gum disease. It occurs when the bacterial balance in your mouth is disrupted – usually by insufficient oral hygiene, smoking, poor nutrition, or a medical condition. Harmful bacteria create a sticky layer of plaque on mouth surfaces. As they overpopulate, they produce acids that irritate gums. Gums become inflamed and their seal to teeth breaks down. Pockets form around roots, allowing infection to spread to supporting ligaments and bone. Pathogens enter the blood stream, causing further health issues.
Scaling and root planing: Nothing to fear in Newport Beach, CA
The good news is that gum disease can be improved and stabilized at any stage. Scaling and root planing is a conventional periodontal therapy that knocks down bacterial populations and helps gums heal. It is called deep cleaning because the technique removes plaque and bacteria beneath the gum line.
This non-surgical periodontal therapy causes little discomfort. However, Dr. Ravera may numb the area to ensure a positive treatment experience. Then, using ultrasonic and manual instruments teeth are thoroughly cleaned. Root surfaces are smoothed to re-establish a tight gum seal.
Dr. Ravera recommends a re-treatment schedule based on the stage of your gum disease. Combined with topical treatment such as Arestin or Perio Protect, an excellent home care routine, and a healthy lifestyle, you may never need surgical intervention.
Many insurance plans cover a portion of scaling and root planing cost, and treatment helps you avoid extensive tooth replacement procedures in the future. Let’s get your gums healthy. Call 949-877-3606 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ravera.