Fighting Gingivitis with Scaling/Root Planing

The plaque that collects on your teeth throughout the day contains hundreds of types of oral bacteria, some of which are largely harmless. Some, however, can colonize the surfaces of your teeth and along your gum line, producing substances that can harm them. Gingivitis – the first stage of gum disease – occurs when enough bacteria gather where your gums meet your teeth, irritating the soft tissues and causing them to become inflamed.

Scaling and root planing (aka, deep cleaning, or periodontal cleaning) is more involved than a routine checkup and cleaning. When patients exhibit signs of gingivitis, Dr. Roberts can recommend scaling and root planing to clean the bacteria that have worked their way underneath the gum tissue (scaling). After the roots of your teeth are cleaned, we will polish their surfaces (root planing), similar to how a tooth is polished during a cleaning, to reduce the risk of bacteria buildup in the future.

What to Expect from Scaling/Root Planing

Because scaling and root planing involves accessing the area underneath your gums, we will first administer local anesthesia and, if you prefer, nitrous oxide. When performed early enough, the deep cleaning can prevent gingivitis from maturing into gum disease, which can erode the tissues and jawbone underneath.

If gum disease has already developed, it cannot be reversed, but a periodontal cleaning will help prevent the condition from growing worse. If you require the expertise of a periodontal expert, then Dr. Roberts can refer you to a trusted periodontist nearby for more comprehensive treatment.

Protect Your Smile from Gum Disease

If you show signs of gingivitis or gum disease, then scaling and root planing may be able to save your smile before it’s too late. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Roberts, call our dental office in Baxter, MN, today at (218) 454-0523. Our office proudly serves the residents of Baxter, as well as Brainerd, Little Falls, Staples, Crosby-Ironton-Deerwood, and all surrounding communities.