Periodontal disease is a serious ailment. While it may not cause you any pain in the beginning periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in the United States and around the world. Sometimes, even patients who maintain proper oral hygiene practices can develop gum disease. At Buckner Family Dental we use a technique known as root planing to treat this ailment and help you avoid a root canal.
When is root planing necessary?
Root planing is usually used for one of two reasons: during a deep cleaning, and to great gum disease. Over time, plaque and deposits can build up on your teeth that even brushing cannot remove. This material acts as a breeding ground for harmful bacteria that can cause tooth decay and other serious dental issues. If enough of this material is allowed to build up, a regular dental cleaning will not be enough. During a deep cleaning, your dentist will use root planing to smooth any exposed tooth roots which can help prevent any pain from your teeth.
Root planing is also one of the most effective treatments for gum disease. Root planing can clean between your gums and around the root area. This removes any diseased material and returns your gums to health before a root canal and the removal of your tooth dentin becomes necessary.
What to expect
In some cases, you may be asked to take an antibiotic for a day or two both before and after your appointment, as root planing may introduce harmful bacteria into your bloodstream or gum tissue. Usually, your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb your tooth root and gums before doing any root planing. They will then clean your teeth thoroughly before planing any exposed tooth roots to smooth them and remove any build up.
After your appointment you lips and gums will remain numbed for a few hours. Until you have feeling back, you will need to avoid eating or drinking. For the next few days, you may experience some soreness. You will want to take care to brush gently for a day or two, and your dentist may request that you refrain from flossing. Once this waiting period is over, you will want to return to good oral hygiene practices. If you do this, the progression of your gum disease should stop.
The prospect of treatment for gum disease may seem daunting, but you have no reason to fear. The caring professionals at Buckner Family Dental are well-trained and will work diligently to ensure that you remain as comfortable as possible during your visit and treatment. Allowing the gum disease to progress, however could lead to further dental problems and a need for root canal therapy. Don’t take the chance on it getting to that point; call our office and schedule your consultation today. Our Dallas dentist Jaime Osorio DDS can talk to your further about root planing.