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Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Teeth Cleaning)

Poor dental hygiene can cause plaque to form below your gum line. The bacteria in plaque can cause inflammation. This causes your gums to recede from your teeth and form pockets. Plaque then gets trapped and leads to gum disease which could lead to tooth loss. Gum conditions can even cause health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.

When a patient visits Arlington Dental Excellence with red, inflamed gums due to plaque below their gum line, Dr. Layth Ghanim will typically perform a deep cleaning to remove the plaque before a more extensive surgical treatment is needed. This deep cleaning procedure is known as scaling and root planning and is commonly used to treat gingivitis, which is the earliest stage of gum disease. It can also be beneficial to those who suffer from chronic periodontal disease.

Scaling and Root Planing

Dr. Ghanim can remove plaque, toxins, and tartar above and below the gum line by scaling the teeth with manual and ultrasonic instruments. Dr. Layth Ghanim will then treat the roots of the teeth by smoothing out the areas, especially if the accumulation of bacteria has caused deep pockets to form in the gum line. Evening out these pockets prevents bacteria from gathering there again. Depending on the severity of the plaque and tartar, your mouth may need to be treated one area at a time over a series of visits to our office. If needed, our dentist will gladly provide a local anesthetic to ensure you are fully comfortable.

Caring for Your Teeth After Scaling and Root Planing

While scaling and root planning is not a surgical procedure, it can leave you with a little discomfort for a few days. You may experience pain for a day or two afterward. Teeth sensitivity may continue for a week or so. Expect your gums to be swollen and tender. Bleeding is also common.

Medications and mouth rinses may be given to control pain, prevent infection and promote healing. Your dentist may also inject medication into the affected area to prevent infection.

Your dentist will schedule a follow-up visit to check your gums. He or she will measure your gums and see how they have healed. If your gum pockets have gotten deeper, further treatment may be required. Gum surgery is often required to fully remove all plaque and prevent infection from occurring.

It is important to maintain good dental care at home. This will keep gum disease from coming back. Brush and floss daily and eat a healthy diet. You should avoid smoking and visit your dentist regularly.

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Scaling and root planing can be performed as a stand-alone treatment or in conjunction with other periodontal procedures. Usually, deep cleaning is done in two visits to make it very easy on our patients, since having both sides of your mouth being numb is not something we want our patients to experience. To learn more about the nature and benefits of scaling and root planing in Arlington, Virginia, we invite you to contact our team at (703) 420-3253

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