Bloomsburg, Danville, and Lewisburg, PA
Gum disease presents symptoms of red, swollen, and bleeding gums, loose teeth, bad breath, and significant tooth loss. The only way to put an end to your gum disease in Bloomsburg is to receive professional dental treatment. At Hamilton Dental Care, we offer dental deep cleanings known as scaling and root planing that removes the harmful bacteria causing your gum disease allows your gums to heal.
Family dentists at Hamilton Dental Care want to share with you what scaling and root planing is, how it can help your gums disease, and other important information you should know about this procedure.
What is scaling and root planing?
This procedure is essentially a deep cleaning of your teeth that involve the methods of a traditional dental cleaning in which the dental hygienist scales away any tartar buildup from your teeth and under the gum line. The root planing part of the procedure involves smoothing the roots of your teeth to prevent bacteria from collecting again, and allows your gums to reattach to the teeth.
What is the procedure like?
Before we begin the procedure, we make sure that your mouth is numb, so that you remain comfortable throughout your cleaning. Our experienced dental hygienist scales all tartar buildup, which is the building block of gum disease. Ignoring tartar buildup will only cause your gum disease to manifest, and is likely to lead to extensive tooth loss at some point.
Afterwards, you may feel some slight discomfort or soreness in your gums. This is normal, and should subside within a couple of days. Most patients find their discomfort level mild enough to manage at home, and minimal enough not to disrupt their ability to eat, or to carry out their daily activities.
Is scaling and root planing right for me?
The best way to determine if scaling and root planing in Bloomsburg is right for you is to seek a consultation with us at Hamilton Dental Care. We can assess your oral health and determine the best level of care suited for your case. However, if you do have gum disease, scaling and root planing can significantly reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth and allows your gums to heal. Here’s how.
When gum disease begins, it causes your gums to separate from your teeth, and form what is called periodontal or perio pockets. These pockets allow even more harmful bacterial to reside under your gum line and infect your teeth, gums, and jawbone. At this point, the bacteria can easily enter your bloodstream and infect other areas of your body, increasing your risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, and more! If ignored, these perio pockets deepen, causing teeth to become significantly loose to the point they fall out or need to be extracted.
What happens after scaling and root planing?
Once your entire mouth has been treated, it is essential that you adhere to a strict regimen of oral hygiene to prevent your gum disease from reoccurring. We recommend that you brush your teeth twice a day, and floss daily. It is also important that you visit your Bloomsburg family dentist at Hamilton Dental Care to receive any follow-up treatments or cleanings, a necessary part of maintaining a healthy mouth.
It is also recommended that you avoid smoking or using tobacco, as it slows the healing process, and promotes gum disease and tooth loss. We encourage you to eat a healthy diet that is low in sugar and sodas, but rich in fruits and veggies.
Gum Disease Treatment in Bloomsburg
To learn more about scaling and root planing, or how we can help treat your gum disease, please contact Hamilton Dental Care by calling (570) 387-0533 to schedule a consultation.
Hamilton Dental Care is proud to provide oral health care to patients in the areas of Bloomsburg, Danville, and Lewisburg, PA.