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Gum disease is a destructive dental problem that could alter the health of your smile more than you might realize. However, there are many treatments available in the world today that could help with this problem, and one of those treatments is scaling and root planing.

Why do I need this treatment?
If you ignore the signs of gum disease and refuse to fix the problem with this treatment, your gums will be irritated, your underlying bone will be deteriorated, and your teeth will be lost. When you have gum disease, the plaque on your teeth will severely irritate the gums, making them move away from your chompers. When this happens, pockets form between the teeth and gums. As time passes by, bacteria, plaque, and tartar gather in these pockets and destroy your smile. If the pockets don’t get cleaned on a regular basis, your oral health is in grave danger, which is why this treatment is so important.

What is the process of scaling and root planing?
The process of scaling and root planing begins with the scaling portion. First, your dentist will deeply clean above and below the gumline, removing the plaque and tartar that reside there. This will keep the gum disease from progressing. Your dentist will then conclude the appointment with the root planing section. This part involves your dentist smoothing out the tooth roots so the gums will reattach themselves. While he is cleaning and smoothing, he will insert medication into the gums to promote healing.

How should I care for my smile after treatment?
The recovery process is very important. When your appointment is over, your dentist will prescribe a medication or oral rinse to you to help with any pain or sensitivity you might experience. Dr. Richard C. Quinttus might also go over some instructions to help you refrain from infecting the pockets of your mouth. If this is the case, please follow those instructions.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call Rahn Dental Group today and talk to a member of our friendly dental team. We also encourage you to call (937) 435-0324 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Richard C. Quinttus if you ever experience constant bad breath and bleeding or receding gums. We want you to have the best oral health possible, and we are here to give that to you by preventing and treating gum disease.