Read below to learn more about our Scaling & Root Planing Procedures here in Wilkes-Barre…
Periodontal disease occurs when bacteria that live below the gum line produce toxins which cause our bodies to destroy the bone that supports the teeth. Though there is no cure for periodontal disease, early detection and timely treatment can stop progression of the disease and help prevent bone and tooth loss, and further health issues.
Bacteria resides in the plaque that accumulates in the mouth. When plaque is not removed properly, it can solidify into difficult to remove calculus, or tartar. Bacteria often affects the gums by causing the tissues to pull away from the teeth, creating periodontal pockets. When periodontal disease is left untreated, it can cause irreversible bone and tooth loss.
Scaling and root planing is a nonsurgical periodontal treatment that can be recommended when periodontal disease is diagnosed. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, affects only the gum tissues, and is completely reversible if detected and treated early. When left untreated, it can progress into the deeper tissues and potentially cause bone and tooth loss. Patients who have gingivitis or more advanced stages of periodontal disease often experience bleeding and sore gums when brushing, flossing, and eating.