Deep Cleaning

Scaling and Root Planing in Pleasanton CA.

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a prevalent oral health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is a disease slowly destroys the dental bone around the teeth. Because it often does not show painful symptoms until the late stages of disease, it often victims a false sense of security. If left untreated, it can lead to serious consequences, including tooth mobility, eventually tooth loss and potential systemic health issues as the increase the risks of diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Thankfully, a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, offers an effective and non-surgical solution for managing and treating gum disease.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is primarily caused by the accumulation of bacteria-laden plaque and tartar on the teeth and gums. These substances release toxins that irritate and inflame the gum tissues, leading to gingivitis (early stage of gum disease). At this stage, the irritated gums often bleed easily. If there is bleeding from gums when you floss your teeth, that is probable sign that you have gum disease. As gum disease advances, the gum tissues begin to pull away from the teeth and erode the bone around the tooth, resulting in deeper and deeper pockets. These pockets become breeding grounds for harmful bacteria, further exacerbating the condition into a downward spiraling feedback loop.

How Does Deep Cleaning Treat Gum Disease?

Deep cleaning, known as SRP or scaling and root planing, is a non-surgical and minimally invasive procedure to treat gum disease by effectively removing plaque, tartar, and harmful bacteria and promoting gum healing. It involves two main steps: scaling and root planing.

  • Scaling: Scaling focuses on removing the buildup of plaque and tartar (calculus) from the teeth, both above and below the gumline. Both unhealthy tissue and bacteria are physically removed by this method, effectively halting the progression of the disease.
  • Root planing involves gently smoothing the tooth roots to eliminate rough surfaces. Because rough surfaces provides a platform for bacterial deposits to form, removing them will help reduce the chance for bacteria to grow back.

After a deep cleaning, the gums can begin to heal and reattach to the teeth more effectively. As the inflammation subsides, patients experience a significant reduction in bleeding, swelling, and tenderness of the gums. It also creates a healthier oral environment that promotes the longevity of natural teeth.

Maintenance Care Tips after Deep Cleaning

Regular dental check-ups and diligent oral hygiene practices at home, including brushing, flossing, and using antibacterial mouthwash, are vital in maintaining the results of the deep cleaning and preventing the recurrence of gum disease. If you suspect you have gum disease or would like to learn more about deep cleaning, consult with our dentist. They can perform a thorough examination and recommend the appropriate treatment plan to ensure your oral health is restored and maintained for years to come. Remember, addressing gum disease promptly is key to preserving your smile and overall well-being.

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