When your gums have become severely infected, improving your at-home oral care or visiting our office for a basic cleaning is not going to be enough. Instead, you’ll need to take your dental care up a notch and begin a series of scaling and root planing treatments. This procedure is designed to treat the core issue of your gum disease, which is the plaque and tartar that has developed below the gum line, an area that no toothbrush or basic cleaning will address on its own. At Denton Dental Center, we utilize advanced technology to not only ensure successful treatment, but the most comfortable experience possible. Keep reading or contact our office to learn how gum disease therapy in Denton works!
Scaling is the process of removing plaque and tartar from the surface of tooth enamel, mainly from enamel that is covered by gum tissue. Since these areas are the main cause of your gum infection and cannot be removed through traditional means, we need to take the cleaning process a step further and perform a deep cleaning. Using a soft tissue laser, our in-house periodontist Dr. Naveen Karim carefully breaks down and irrigates the gum tissue so that it can effectively heal. This process typically takes multiple appointments to complete as gum tissue is already very sensitive.
The second portion of your gum therapy is root planing, which is meant to address the recession of your gum tissue. As plaque and tartar triggers an infection, the gums begin to recede away from teeth in order to mitigate additional damage. To aid the reattachment of this gum tissue, Dr. Karim performs root planing, which is the process of smoothing out the roots of teeth. When gum tissue recedes, it exposes the more vulnerable areas of teeth that are not protected by enamel, including the roots and the cementum. These areas are far more likely to develop tooth decay than enamel, which contains many layers of calcium and protects the vulnerable tooth pulp from infection.
Traditionally, dentists and periodontists alike would use metal dental instruments to perform scaling and root planing. However, this would not be particularly comfortable for patients, giving them less incentive to complete treatment, despite the fact that local anesthetic is always administered beforehand. Furthermore, using these instruments would often lead to healthy tissue being unnecessarily removed, which is permanent. With our soft tissue laser, we can remove more precise amounts of infected tooth, leaving healthy tissue intact more often. Because the soft laser also cauterizes gum tissue following contact, bleeding is less likely to occur and the healing time required for your gum tissue is dramatically reduced. Overall, your gum therapy treatment is more comfortable and less invasive when performed with a dental laser.