Even the best teeth can be compromised or even lost to periodontitis or advanced gum disease. Bacteria, sticky plaque and rock-hard tartar collect at and below the gum line, causing gum tissue to bleed, become inflamed, and eventually recede, loosening teeth.
While routine brushing and flossing helps maintain good oral health, dental scaling and root planing by a professional hygienist deep cleans teeth to stop the ravages of periodontal disease. Eastern Shore Dental can include this intervention in their patients' treatment plans when warranted, using the latest and most effective techniques and instruments to restore the health of gums and teeth.
Scaling and Root Planing Treatments
Hygienists use both hand instruments and ultrasonic cleaners to remove hard deposits at and below the gum line. Over time, bacteria-laden pockets pull gum tissues away from the teeth, and can even cause gum tissue recession, exposing roots and destroying supporting bone. Without a strong foundation, teeth loosen and may even fall out.
Using a topical anesthetic to numb the areas to be scaled, the hygienist may divide the mouth into quadrants and then proceed to remove tartar with a hand implement and an ultrasonic wand. This small-tipped instrument vibrates at ultra-high speed to send sound waves into the area to be cleansed. The tip on the wand also washes and smooths the roots with a combination of water and mouthwash, creating a healthy dental surface. Without the tartar and bacteria, gums can actually reattach to the teeth, halting the oral and systemic damage.
Sometimes, the Easton, MD dentists at Eastern Shore Smile Solutions add other dental therapies to scaling and root planing to ensure optimal health of teeth and gums. The American Academy of Periodontology recommends these non-surgical procedures as a very effective way to combat gum disease.
Eastern Shore Smile Solutions
Doctors Randall H. Hiers, Ara J. Stanton and Christopher C. Morrow are the premier cosmetic dentists in the Cambridge and Easton, Maryland area. They combine extensive credentials in cosmetic dentistry with superior training in dental implantology and periodontology. They want each patient to experience the health and beauty that outstanding dental care gives.
For your best smile, call either location of Eastern Shore Smile Solutions. In Easton, MD, phone, 888-258-4922. In Cambridge, call 410-228-4191.