Did you know that over half of American adults have periodontal disease? Many people don’t even realize they have it yet, but plaque and tartar can continue to build, resulting in noticeable and painful issues with your gums. To treat this gum disease, we may need to perform a procedure called scaling and root planing.
Periodontal disease, which is also known as gum disease or periodontitis, is an infection resulting from plaque and tartar that continuously sits on your teeth and collects underneath your gums. This is often due to poor brushing habits and is not something that will simply go away. Some of the most common symptoms include:
Bleeding and swollen gums
Teeth look longer than usual
Continuous bad breath
Scaling and root planing is a process that allows us to remove the buildup of plaque and tartar, which will give your gums the opportunity to heal. Depending on the severity of your condition, this can take one or multiple visits.
The process will involve using a special tool called a scaler to remove the plaque that can’t be brushed away. We will then smooth the surface of your tooth root to prevent the buildup from returning.
Prevents the spread of infection
Prevents tooth loss
No more pain or discomfort
If you believe you have periodontal disease, it’s essential to see us as soon as possible before more damage is done to your gums, resulting in unnecessary pain. At Pruitt Dentistry, we will use our expertise to combat the issue, bringing your gums back to excellent health. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
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