What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal Disease

Scaling and root planing is the most common and conservative form of treatment for periodontal (gum) disease.

Scaling involves removal of the calculus (commonly called Tartar) and plaque that has attached to the tooth surfaces.

Root planing involves cleaning the root surface. Root planing removes any remaining calculus and smooth’s irregular areas on the root surface.

Treatment is usually done in two to four visits depending on how severe your periodontal disease is. It is done using ultrasonic equipment and hand instruments. The procedure takes anywhere between 30-60 minutes per appointment. Following periodontal treatment, your gums may feel tender for a day or so. You may experience sensitivity to hat and cold temperatures for most people this usually goes away within a week. If sensitivity does persist you may be need to use a desensitizing toothpaste. However, during this time it is still important to continue to brush your teeth with a soft brush and floss your teeth as normal. Some minor bleeding can be expected when you brush but this will subside. Some patients will be prescribed antibiotics during their treatment.

Following completion of this phase of treatment your will be asked to make a follow up appointment in approximately 3-4 months with either the treating Periodontist or one of our Hygienists, to see how you have responded to the treatment. If all is stable you will be placed on a Periodontal maintenance programme.

The success of periodontal treatment is largely due to the effort you as an individual make to remove the daily build-up of plaque from the tooth and gum surfaces and regular periodontal care from a dental professional.