Healthy gums are crucial to good oral health and the prevention of tooth loss. Unfortunately, even if you take good care of your teeth and gums, you can still be susceptible to the buildup of tarter and plaque along your gum line. This plaque and tarter create ideal surfaces for bacteria to thrive, leading to gum disease and a variety of other health issues.
Preventing gum disease is an essential component of the oral healthcare philosophy at BridgeView Dental. If you would like to learn more about how Dr. Loveless can treat periodontal disease, please contact us today by completing the form on this page or calling 512-347-8299. We welcome patients from Austin, Lakeway and West Lake Hills.
What Is Scaling and Root Planing?
The process of scaling and root planing is an effective treatment option that addresses the early indicators of gum disease. During this general dentistry procedure, Dr. Loveless will remove the buildup of tartar and hardened plaque (calculus) to prevent further damage and infection to the gum tissue.
Scaling and root planing may also be an appropriate first step in the treatment of more severe and advanced cases of gum disease.
The Scaling and Root Planing Process
With scaling and root planing, Dr. Loveless is able to clean deeper under the gum line and remove more plaque and tartar than is possible with a standard cleaning.
Although the process is more complex than a routine cleaning, scaling and root planing can usually be completed with a single office visit.
- Scaling: Scaling is a non-surgical procedure designed to remove tartar and calcified plaque from the area of the tooth that rests beneath the gum line. While the process focuses on the area near the tooth’s root, it removes plaque from the crown of the tooth to its root.
- Root Planing: Once the scaling procedure is complete, the tooth’s surface can be left rough, particularly the root of the tooth. The process of smoothing the surface of the root is called root planing. Not only does a smooth surface help to prevent tartar and plaque from forming, but gums shrink and wrap back around the tooth much easier if the root is smooth.
The Consequences of Gum Disease
Many people think that gum disease is only an oral health issue. However, gum disease is a dangerous infection that can can release bacteria into your bloodstream. Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease has been linked to other medical conditions, such as:
- Respiratory disease
- Pre-term childbirth
- Heart disease and heart attack
Schedule Your Scaling and Root Planing Consultation Today
If your gums are bleeding and showing signs of gingivitis, it’s important to not postpone treatment. Please contact Bridgeview Dental today online or at 512-347-8299 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Loveless. Our office is in Austin and we proudly welcome patients from West Lake Hills, Lakeway and neighboring communities.