Root Planing – a deep cleaning process to remove plaque build up. If you’re suffering from sensitive teeth or bleeding gums, this could be an indication of possible gum disease. One treatment commonly used to treat these symptoms (and others such as swelling of gum tissue, loose teeth and even persistent bad breath) is root planing.
The fact is that, even if we faithfully brush our teeth twice, even three times a day, nothing can stop a gradual build of plaque on the teeth (even those parts below the gum line). Untreated dental plaque (a combination of sugars and over 1000 bacteria) is considered the number one cause of cavities and gum disease.
Chronic problem & simple solution
Plaque buildup is a chronic problem. But it’s controllable and treatable. The root planing procedure is basically a “deep cleaning process” used when the normal scaling process isn’t enough and carried out by Dr. Preiss or your periodontist during your regular check-ups.
Root planing involves a gentle “polishing” of the tooth and roots to ensure a smooth surface with no rough spots that can cause you discomfort.
Taking care of your teeth after the root planning procedure
Root planning isn’t invasive surgery, but there are a few things you should do after the procedure.
- If Dr. Preiss used a local anesthetic, don’t chew any food for a couple of hours. Remember, your mouth’s sensitivity has been dulled so you could bite your lips or tongue.
- The treatment isn’t a cure – dental plaque is a natural process and will return. Continued brushing, flossing and use of a mouth wash will help maintain the health of your teeth and gums over a longer period of time.
- Don’t neglect your regular checkups – early detection of problems is essential for effective treatment.