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Bacteria are the biggest threat when it comes to the health of the teeth and gums. When bacteria multiply, it can create a layer of plaque or tartar on the surface of the teeth. This causes tooth decay, resulting in the need for restorative dentistry treatments to rebuild tooth structure and improve oral health. Unfortunately, the negative effects of bacteria, plaque, and tartar also extend to the gum line. When plaque and tartar buildup beneath the gum line, the gums become inflamed and infected. This condition is most commonly known as gum disease. There are many ways in which gum disease can be treated, but root planing and scaling is the most common solution offered by Dr. Toni Sartini. Root planing and scaling can effectively eliminate most cases of gum disease while saving patients from the need for invasive oral surgery. To learn more about root planing and scaling, contact our New Albany practice

When to Seek Treatment
Root planing and scaling is a safe and effective treatment for gum disease, but how does a patient know if they are suffering from this condition? The most common symptoms of gum disease include:

Red, swollen gums
Increased gum tenderness
Bleeding when brushing or flossing
Oral pain
Bad breath
Loose teeth
Receding gum line
Root Planing and Scaling Treatment
If a patient is suffering from gum disease, Dr. Sartini will discuss treatment options. In most cases, gum disease is caught before it has progressed to the point that oral surgery is necessary. Instead, most patients can benefit from root planing and scaling. Root plaining and scaling is considered a non-invasive gum disease treatment, and is similar to a routine dental cleaning. However, this procedure allows Dr. Sartini to reach beneath the gum line and down the sides of the tooth to eliminate bacteria, plaque, and tartar that are threatening the health of the gums.

This restorative dental treatment is broken down into two basic components: scaling and root planing. Scaling is the cleaning portion of the treatment. Just as during a dental cleaning, a tool is used to scrape away plaque and tartar that have built up on the teeth below the gum line. Once the teeth have been properly scaled, Dr. Sartini will perform the root planing portion of the procedure. Root planing is a process in which any rough patches that have developed on the roots of the teeth will be smoothed out. This makes it more difficult for bacteria to cling to the teeth. A root planing and scaling procedure not only eliminates harmful bacteria from the teeth and gums, but also encourages the healing that is necessary to restore the health of the gums.

Contact Us
If you have experienced symptoms of gum disease and are interested in restoring your oral health and protecting your teeth, it is time to seek treatment. Contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about the restorative dentistry services offered by Dr. Toni Sartini. We look forward to hearing from you.