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Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing

Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing

Deep Cleaning in Miami

Miami’s Dr. Andres de Cardenas and his staff of caring, concerned professionals want you to know when you walk into their office you’re not seen as just a patient. You are seen as a respected individual who has options in the kind of dental care they receive. The motto of our office is “The most important person is the person right in front of me.” We hope that you feel this way every time you visit us for your appointment. That’s why a diagnosis of periodontal or gum disease does not automatically mean that you have to lose your natural teeth. There are options.

Dr. de Cardenas is an expert in everything dental. He graduated at the top 10% of his class at the University of Florida College of Dentistry, so he is knowledgeable in the dental field. He also keeps up with the latest techniques and technologies so his patients will always receive the finest quality care.

Gum disease is not an uncommon diagnosis in adults. It can range from gum inflammation to serious pain that affects the tissue and bone that supports the teeth. This disease is usually called by a buildup of plaque and bacteria that hardens and becomes tartar. Flossing and brushing regularly can eliminate plaque build-ups and prevent infection from bacteria, and disease.

Periodontal scaling and root planing or cleaning are two procedures used concurrently by dentists that produce one of the most effective means of combating gum disease. Periodontal scaling is a process used to remove plaque and tartar down to the bottom of the “periodontal pocket”. This pocket forms with the onset of gum disease. Root cleaning or root planing smooths the tooth’s root surface allowing for the gum tissue to heal and makes it more difficult for plaque to build up on the planed surface.

Root Cleaning Procedure

You can receive an orally deep root cleaning procedure. Dentists start by numbing the gums. However, as each person is different, Dr. de Cardenas has a discussion with each of his patients regarding the management of their discomfort.

This procedure is performed using either a small instrument called a scaler or an ultrasonic cleaner. Using the same instrument, the root surfaces of the teeth are then planed. Antibiotic fibers might be inserted into the pockets between the teeth and gum to speed healing and to reduce the chances of infection. Dr. de Cardenas’ scaling and planing treatments along with proper dental care after the treatment has shown to be highly effective in treating the progression of gum disease allowing patients to keep their natural teeth.

Here are other factors that can potentially lead to gum disease.

  • Medications: There are medications that are over the counter and prescribed that reduce saliva flow and leaves the mouth vulnerable to infections.
  • Diabetes: Those who have diabetes become more at risk of developing gum disease and other infections.
  • Smoking: Probably the most significant factor in developing gum disease is smoking. It can also prevent any treatment from working successfully.
  • Other illnesses or diseases: Cancer, AIDS, and their treatments can negatively affect the gums and lead to disease.

Gum Disease Treatment

Scaling and root planing or cleaning is a highly effective treatment for gum disease. However, it can be difficult to understand how dentists perform the treatment and what to expect once it’s over.

In this treatment, dentists will scrape off tartar from above and below the gum line in the scaling process. Then root planing smooths the tooth to get rid of rough spots that germs usually gather.

This procedure leads to less swelling, bleeding, and discomfort when compared to other methods that use a deep cleaning to treat gum disease.

Contact Miami’s Dentist Dr. Andres de Cardenas

If you’ve been diagnosed with gum or periodontal disease, Dr. de Cardenas invites you to come in for an appointment.

Talk to Dr. de Cardenas and learn more about our effective treatments for your gum disease. Also when you sit with Dr. de Cardenas you’ll experience the difference between being treated as a patient, and being a treated as a part of the family!

You can contact us using our convenient email form and we’ll get right back to you, or simply call us at (305) 251-3334.