To treat gum disease, you may require dental root planing
When gum disease causes the gums around the teeth to withdraw, it can cause pockets that allow harmful bacteria access to the root of the tooth. These bacteria then cause tartar accumulation on the teeth below the gum line, which needs to be removed with a treatment called root planing. Other big factors that will effect whether you require root planing is family history of gum disease and smoking history. A full assessment of your risk for gum disease will be made by our dentists.
What does dental root planing involve?
Dental root planing is a procedure where our dental professionals will smooth the surface of the tooth structure underneath the gums to effectively remove any tartar or any infected tissues. The main aim of root planing is to stop or slow the disease process of gum disease. If you have suffered gum disease and require root planing to effectively remove tartar for a deeper clean under the gum line, our dentists will always discuss your condition and fully inform you of what treatment you will need and what it will involve.
How often will I need dental root planing?
Gum disease is influenced by many different factors including family history, oral hygiene and smoking. It therefore presents differently for each individual and every person will respond differently to treatment. In the case of an acute(short term) infection, one appointment of root planing may get gum disease satisfactorily back to health to maintain 6 month recalls and regular dental cleans. However and often this is the case, root planing is required every 3 months until the disease process settles.
Is dental root planing a job for a specialist?
Dental root planing comes under the dental speciality of periodontics or gum specialist. If gum disease has reached the point where it is deemed by the referring dentist that you need to sees a periodontist, we may refer for speciality treatment. However at Argyle St Family Dentist we assess and perform root planing with a lot of our patients right out of our Parramatta dental practice.
Will dental root planning cure gum disease?
The aim of root planing is to remove inflammation causing bacteria from deep pockets around your teeth and gums. This process is an extremely complex and is sometimes quite unpredictable in the way tissues react and heal to treatment. In some cases the inflammation process can be completely halted and to some extent reversed, whilst in severe cases, if the disease state has progressed too far, it may continue to the point where tooth extraction may need to be considered.
Is root-planing painful?
The answer to this is resounding no! At Argyle St Family Dentist in Parramatta we strive to make our patients as comfortable as possible. If you suffer from sensitive teeth we will use the most modern anesthetic and comforting chair-side manner to make your experience as painless as can be.
For an appointment and assessment please call us today and let us get your gums to the healthiest they can be!