I wanted to get my teeth cleaned, but my dentist said I needed to have scaling and root planing first. Why?
If your gums are infected, it is necessary to treat the infection first by carefully removing the bacteria, calculus, and toxins that have accumulated below the gumline and on the root surface. Without this root planing treatment, the infection will worsen, destroying the bone that anchors the teeth.
This procedure can be done painlessly, and the reward – healthy gums – is definitely worth it! Once your infection has been treated, your dentist or hygienist can do a better job cleaning your teeth. Periodic evaluations (every 3-4 months) will maintain healthy gums.
Our Wilmington dental team can help! Give Dr. Mark Gladnick a call to see if your symptoms are gum disease.