As all doctors and dentists mention, the process of cleaning your teeth is important on a daily basis. If plaque or tartar is left on the teeth, it becomes the perfect breeding ground for bacteria to thrive and breed. The result is that your gums get soft and start bleeding easily. It is easily noticeable especially when your cleaning your teeth or brushing. This is the early stage of Gingivitis. It is best to seek an appointment with the dentist and eliminate the issue before the problem escalates. The dentist will start the teeth cleaning process by scaling and then polishing them. In most cases, an anti-bacterial mouthwash is also recommended while teaching you the right way to floss and brush your teeth properly. By the time most people reach the age of 30s, they have some sort of gum or teeth related diseases.
If this gum disease is not treated in time, there are chances of severe inflammation towards the base of the teeth and that can lead to more infection as the bacteria breeds without a check. This causes even more damage. The only problem that most people realize later in life is that by ignoring the bacterial growth, the teeth become loose as the support structure of the tooth, the bone starts to erode. And usually there are no symptoms at all, even when it is very severe. As the damage is irreversible, it is best to catch it in time.
Your Fairhope Al Dentist may recommend root planning and scaling to ensure that the teeth cleaning process is completed. The process of scaling basically refers to removing the tartar from the tooth surface while root planning smooths and removes any infected tooth structure. If you have gum disease that includes gum pockets around the teeth, the tartar collects in them, increasing the chances of infections. Both of the processes work to clean the teeth, remove tartar and ensure that the teeth remain smooth.
The level of pain varies from individual to individual but based on the severity of the root surface and amount of tartar collection, the dentist may give a mild local anesthesia. However, it is best that you talk to your dentist about managing the pain or discomfort. Some dentists use non-inject able topical anesthetic gel that only numbs the gum pockets avoiding the numbing of cheek and lips. However, if the tartar pockets are not too deep, there might not be any discomfort. The only feeling that you may endure is the feeling of scrapping which is a purely physical feeling. The root planned tooth has a better chance of allowing the tissues of the gum to heal and some deep gum pockets are naturally reduced after a deep cleaning process.
Your Fairhope Al Dentist is the best person to know if you are an appropriate candidate for Scaling and Root Planing, also the person who can offer different payment options to make your visit as pleasant as possible