Do You Need Scaling and Root Planing?

Scaling and root planing is a treatment for gum disease that is starting to attack the bones around your teeth. You might notice these symptoms:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Food getting stuck between teeth and gums
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet beverages
  • Receding gums (teeth seem to get longer)
  • Teeth shift or feel loose

These are the visible symptoms of the invisible damage that will lead to tooth loss. When you notice these symptoms, it’s time to see Rochester Hills dentist Dr. Wolfe for treatment.

The Procedure

Gum disease attacks the bones around teeth when oral bacteria accumulate in the space between your teeth and gums. As the bacteria multiplies it, it attacks your gums and the bone. This causes the gums to detach from the bones, creating more space for bacteria to accumulate.

As more bacteria accumulate in the space, the body grows frenzied in its attacks to beat back the infection, and the more strenuous attacks kill bone cells as well as bacteria. This leads to more bone loss, causing teeth to loosen and fall out.

To stop gum disease, we need to remove bacteria from this space and reattach the gums. This is the goal of the scaling and root planing procedure. In scaling, Rochester Hills dentist Dr. Wolfe removes tartar that’s accumulated at or below the gum line, creating shelter for bacteria. Then he cleans out the remainder of the bacteria.  In root planing, Dr. Wolfe smooths the damaged bone to make it easier for your gums to reattach, keeping bacteria out. Local anesthesia controls discomfort from the procedure.

Do You Need Scaling and Root Planing in Rochester Hills?

If you have gum disease that has become serious, threatening your teeth, you might benefit from scaling and root planing. To learn whether this is the right approach to care for your gums, please call (248) 651-0897 today for an appointment with Rochester Hills dentist Dr. Matthew Wolfe at Signature Dentistry of Rochester.