Scaling and root planing or dental deep cleaning is necessary to fight against gum disease. This care treatment is provided to patients who are in the early to advanced stages of gum disease. At Smile Forever Atlanta, Dr. Patel gives his patients the safest and effective root planing and scaling techniques to stop gum disease from progressing any further as well as to avoid tooth loss.
What is a deep dental cleaning?
Deep dental cleaning is a non-surgical periodontal treatment with two techniques to treat early to advanced stages of gum disease. Both techniques are designed in a way to reach below the gum line, removing tartar and eradicating the bacteria that build-up around the tooth root. Scaling is a technique used in removing bacteria build-up below the gum line, while root planing is a technique to smoothen the rough spots that might form on the surface of the root area, making it hard for bacteria to grab on to the tooth.
How is a deep dental cleaning performed?
The periodontist performs deep dental cleaning, which usually requires two dental visits to complete. At first, to reduce any signs of discomfort during the procedure, local anesthesia is used, especially if the patient is suffering from gum inflammation. However, many patients also do well with topical desensitizer. During the procedure, the periodontist uses special manual instruments called scalers to reach below the gums to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar, and to help restore the health of the gum tissues and teeth. After completing the cleaning process and removing any signs of debris, the periodontist places a special antibiotic, Arestin, which would be applied to the treated areas.
What is Arestin therapy?
Arestin is a particular type of antibiotic that fights bacteria that causes gum disease. In Arestin therapy, the antibiotic is applied to the areas of the oral cavity that is affected by gum disease, while carrying out root planing and scaling to kill bacteria.
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