Scaling & Root Planing
Gingivitis is a generative disease that, left untreated, will cause significant tooth and gum deterioration.
Plaque and tarter which builds on the teeth provides an environment where bacteria can thrive. This bacteria causes the gums to become inflamed and bleed. The condition can become more noticeable when you brush your teeth, or possibly when you eat. These are signs of the early stage of gingivitis. Gingivitis is treated by having the hygienist scale and polish the teeth. If gingivitis is left untreated, the condition can progress and the roots may need to be planed. The difference between scaling and planing is simple. Scaling is the removal of the dental tartar from the tooth surface. Root planing is the process of smoothening the root surfaces and removing the infected tooth structure.
Scaling and planing can be performed without anesthesia. While the procedure is usually painless, advanced stages of gingivitis may make it necessary to numb the area for complete comfort. If your condition is determined to be advanced, more than one appointment may be necessary in order to allow tissues to heal.