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Scaling & Root Planing: Deep Cleaning by Professionals in Langley

Gum disease can sneak up on even the most meticulous of people.

Usually triggered by the build-up of plaque bacteria, as well as acids produced by some foods and beverages, gum disease (or periodontitis) causes an inflammation of gum tissue surrounding teeth. This swelling can have a serious impact on your teeth, as well as the supporting bone structure in your mouth. Thankfully, the dentists and hygienists at Langley’s Ivory Dental Centre provide patients with the two most common treatments to help reverse the disease: dental scaling and root planing.

Dental Scaling for Surrey and Langley Residents

Dental scaling is a non-surgical procedure, and is the most widely used treatment for minor to moderate gum disease. The process actually resembles a regular dental cleaning, but is unique in that it focuses solely on eliminating plaque, tartar, and bacteria along and below the gum line. The procedure begins with administration of a local anesthetic to reduce any discomfort. Once the anesthetic takes effect, your dentist or hygienist will use the following tools to carry out your dental scaling:

  • Manual Dental Scaler:
    This tool allows your dentist to manually remove the plaque from your teeth, and along the gumlime. Most often, since your dentist will not be able to actually see the plaque accumulation, he/she will rely on touch to identify build-up and rough spots, and then use the scaler to manually scrape it off.
  • Ultrasonic Scaler:
    Ultrasonic scaling tools remove plaque by chipping tartar off teeth with the use of a vibrating metal tip. A water spray is applied to wash debris away, as well as keep the instrument’s tip cool.

Root Planing at our Langley Clinic

The level of inflammation causing more severe cases of gum disease will create a tiny space (also known as a periodontal pocket) between the root surface of your teeth and the gumline. This pocket is so small that it is extra difficult to keep clean and prevent the accumulation of bacteria on the roots. Root planing consists of the meticulous removal of plaque and calculus that has built up on the root.

Similar to dental scaling, your dentist will apply local anesthesia to the area being treated. Manual or ultrasonic scalers will also be used to scrape off built-up tartar, this time below the gumline and along the roots. Depending on the severity of each individual case, your dentist may be required to perform a minor periodontal surgery to flip the gums, in order to have a clear view of tartar buildup and ensure it is removed entirely.

Questions Regarding Dental Scaling and Root Planing?

For more information regarding Ivory Dental Centre’s dental scaling and root planing procedures, or for a consultation to find out if you are a candidate, please contact our Langley dental clinic today!

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