Scaling and Root Planing: An Effective Solution for Treating Gum Disease
At his practice in Englewood, NJ, Dr. Chetan S. Patil provides gentle and effective scaling and root planing to target and eliminate deep-seated plaque and help relieve the first stages of periodontal disease. Bacteria on the surface of teeth can eventually form pockets between teeth and gums. As infection deepens the pockets, gums become inflamed and irritated. This condition is known as gingivitis, one of the earliest stages of periodontal disease. The effects of gum disease can often be reversed when treatment is provided at this stage. Professional care is critical in preventing tooth loss that comes with more advanced periodontal disease.
What is Scaling and Root Planing?
Scaling and root planing is a professional dental treatment that can prevent gum disease from worsening. While dental plaque on the teeth can be removed with regular brushing and flossing, hardened plaque—known as tartar—beneath the gum line cannot be removed without professional intervention. Scaling removes this bacteria-laden plaque below your gum line, and planing smooths the surface of the roots of your teeth, eliminating spots where bacteria can grow. Treating gum disease in the earliest possible stages can prevent more invasive treatments—such as gum grafts and flap surgery—in the future. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss and the need for extensive restorative treatments, such as dental implants.
Treating Periodontal Disease
During the procedure, Dr. Patil will numb your gums with a topical anesthetic. If you require stronger sedation, please speak to him about other available sedation options so we can ensure your comfort. Once you are comfortable, Dr. Patil will use a scaling instrument to remove plaque and tartar above and below the gum line, in between teeth, and deep into the pockets. A planing instrument will smooth the base of the tooth so that gums can reattach and prevent bacteria from becoming trapped. Dr. Patil may recommend a special oral rinse or topical antibiotic to be used after the procedure to further promote healing.
Benefits of Scaling and Root Planing
While scaling and root planing can treat periodontal disease, it can also aid in the prevention of other serious health conditions. Research has indicated that periodontal disease increases your risk for heart disease, stroke, and dementia. Periodontal disease may also make it more difficult for patients with diabetes to control their blood sugar levels. In addition to reducing your risk for these serious conditions, preventing periodontal disease can help ensure that more minor conditions, such as bad breath, do not cause you embarrassment.
Maintaining Patient Comfort
In Dr. Patil’s practice, maintaining patient comfort is of paramount importance. Dr. Patil and his team employ a variety of techniques, sedation methods, and the most advanced technology to ensure that your treatment is as comfortable as possible. Options include topical anesthetics, oral sedation, and nitrous oxide, as appropriate to your procedure. Through the use of the DentalVibe Injection Comfort System, Dr. Patil ensures that Novocain, a local anesthetic, can be delivered without discomfort.
While scaling and root planing can treat periodontal disease, it can also aid in the prevention of other serious health conditions. Research has indicated that periodontal disease increases your risk for heart disease, stroke, and dementia.
Superior Dental Care
As a board-certified periodontist, Dr. Patil’s commitment to providing the most advanced and effective treatment for his patients has earned him multiple honors and awards. He is highly respected by his peers for his continuing achievement of excellence in periodontal care. Training in Periodontics at Columbia University and his continuing academic ties have enabled Dr. Patil to perform the most advanced and complicated procedures with expertise. Whatever procedures they receive, patients at Periodontal Associates always receive superior care. Dr. Patil’s patients can have full confidence that their treatments will be performed in a secure environment with precision and skill.
Your Customized Consultation
Learn more about how scaling and planing can enhance your oral health. Contact Periodontal Associates online or call us at (201) 567-7766 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Patil.
“Dr. Patil and his staff could not be more professional. They take the time to talk to you and explain what will be done. I am constantly surprised at how little pain is associated with the procedures they perform.” Jack T.