Scaling and Root Planning
Gum disease is a serious infection that inflames the gum line, which can affect the bone by damaging the support and surrounding area of your teeth. There are three stages of gum disease - gingivitis (which can be reversed), periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis.
For the most part, gum disease can be painless and barely noticeable. There are some signs and symptoms, but it's quite common for patients to ignore them until it's too late. Below are some of the common symptoms that patients experience if they're suffering from gum disease:
• Swollen, tender, red, or bleeding gums
• Persistent bad breath, even with thorough brushing and flossing
• Gums receding and moving away from the teeth, exposing the root
• Loose or fallen teeth
Dental scaling is performed by your dentist removing the tartar and plaque from the surface of your teeth as well as underneath your gum line after performing a thorough examination. During the root planning, careful and detailed scaling will be done to the root surface of your tooth in order to decrease the inflammation of the tissue. During the scaling, your Bronx dentist will smooth out any rough areas in order to eliminate the plaque and tartar.
We want to ensure all of our patients are taking care of their teeth the best they can. To learn more about this service, or to schedule an appointment, call Parkchester Dental Group today at (718) 792-0137.