If you have substantial plaque buildup or gum disease, you can benefit from a thorough dental cleaning that includes gum scaling and root planing. At Periodontist of Weston in Weston, Florida, periodontal specialist Tamir Segal, DMD, and his team offer gum scaling to get rid of plaque, tartar, and harmful mouth bacteria. Call the office to schedule an appointment or use the online booking feature today.
Gum scaling is a dental procedure that deep cleans your teeth and gums, reducing plaque and tartar in hard-to-reach areas — even beneath your gumline.
During the procedure, he removes hardened plaque down to the bottom of a tooth’s pocket beneath your gums. He often does root planing, smoothing the tooth roots to promote gum reattachment to your teeth after the procedure.
You might be a candidate for gum scaling and root planing if you have symptoms of gum disease like:
See the Periodontist of Weston team at the first sign of gum disease. Treating it early can prevent severe complications like tooth loss.
Dr. Segal lets you know if you’re a candidate for gum scaling after discussing your oral health history and examining your gums and teeth. He also takes dental X-rays and tailors a gum disease treatment that’s best for you. You might need more than one kind of treatment to get rid of the gum disease and prevent its return.
Before gum scaling, Dr. Segal numbs the treatment area. He uses a laser, ultrasonic device, or other dental tools to eliminate tartar, plaque, and bacteria. Doing so shrinks gum pockets and promotes healthy gum reattachment. You might need more than one gum scaling and root planing treatment, depending on how severe your gum disease is.
After you undergo gum scaling, your teeth and gums can feel sensitive for about a week. They might bleed or appear swollen during the healing process. Take medication as directed by Dr. Segal or use an oral rinse to reduce further bacterial buildup. Attend your follow-up visits, and don’t skip routine six-month dental cleanings and exams.
While your gums heal, avoid vigorous brushing. To minimize mouth bacteria, brush your teeth after meals, floss every day, avoid smoking, and eat a well-balanced diet low in added sugar.
Schedule a consultation at Periodontist of Weston by phone or book online to determine if gum grafting is the right treatment for you.