Nearly half of all American adults have chronic periodontitis, a common type of gum disease. This condition usually requires scaling and root planing treatments, which are offered by Maneeza Kulaly, DMD, at Pavilion Dental. If your gums are sore and frequently bleed when you brush or floss, it's generally an indicator that you may have gum disease. Call the Tracy, California, office to see if scaling and root planing might be appropriate for you.
Scaling and root planing are nonsurgical periodontal procedures that Dr. Kulaly uses to remove plaque buildup between your teeth and gums. This form of deep cleaning may be necessary to treat your gum disease.
During the scaling process, Dr. Kulaly uses a sharp dental instrument to scrape plaque and tartar from your teeth, above and below your gum line. It’s similar to the process she uses to remove plaque buildup above your gum line.
During a root planing, Dr. Kulaly smooths out the rough areas on your tooth’s roots. The purpose of root planing is to discourage bacteria from collecting and encourage your gums to reattach to your teeth and close up the pockets.
Only your dentist can tell you if you need scaling and root planing. Generally, if you have gum disease and Dr. Kulaly can’t resolve the condition with a routine cleaning or if deep pockets have already formed below the gum line, you may require more intensive scaling and root planing.
Scaling and root planing may cause some discomfort, but Dr. Kulaly does everything she can to help you manage your pain and anxiety. She does offer sedation dentistry and anesthesia, but most people can tolerate the procedure without any intervention.
After the procedure, scaling and root planing can make your gums sore for several days. You may notice bleeding, swelling, and tooth sensitivity during the first week. Dr. Kulaly can apply medication or recommend a medicated mouthwash to help your gums heal.
It’s important to go to a compassionate, experienced dentist like Dr. Kulaly, who understands dental anxiety and can make your experience as pleasant as possible. Call the office to schedule your deep cleaning today.