MICHAEL MAZAHERI, DDS
Periodontal disease is an inflammation of the gum tissue that could affect the teeth and supporting bone in your mouth. Plaque bacteria, acids and certain foods, smoking, and diabetes all can contribute to the development of gum disease. Fortunately, there are two common treatment options to reverse the disease
Scaling and Root Planning is a detailed procedure which debride and cleans the accumulation of plaque and tartar buildup below the gumline. The procedure starts with manual hand instruments and ultrasonic instruments. The ultrasonic instruments remove the plaque, bacteria, tartar and diseased tissue with use of sonic vibrations. Manual hand instruments are used in conjunction to remove the remainder of tartar and "plane" the root surface leaving a clean, smooth surface for the gum tissue to re-attach.
How will it feel?
If your gum tissue is sensitive and diseased, local anesthesia will be administered to "numb" the gum tissues. There should be no discomfort during the procedure after your gums are anesthetized. Your teeth may be slightly sensitive for a day or two after the procedure while the gums are returned to health. If your teeth are sensitive after the procedure , it may be recommended that you use a desensitizing paste to provide you with sensitivity relief.
At our dentist office in Gilbert AZ scaling and root planing may take two visits based upon the level of oral disease . To read more about the deep cleaning procedures we offer in Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler area please click here.