Scaling And Root Planing

Dentist Lindenhurst IL

Treatment For Periodontitis And Gum Disease

Why Would You Need Scaling And Root Planing?

Periodontitis (chronic gum disease) is caused by a sticky film of bacteria called plaque. Plaque is always forming on your teeth, but if your teeth aren’t cleaned well, the bacteria in plaque can harden into tartar and cause the gum tissue to become inflamed. If left untreated, the gums will begin to pull away from the teeth, leaving deep pockets where the bacteria can breed. At that point, not only is it extremely difficult (if not impossible) to remove plaque and tartar with regular brushing and flossing, but there’s also a risk of bone and tooth loss. Dr. Korkis recommends scaling and root planing for patients diagnosed with periodontitis.

What Is Scaling And Root Planing Treatment?

Scaling and root planing is a two-part procedure to treat periodontitis. The scaling portion is when Dr. Korkis removes all of the plaque and tartar above and below the gum line, cleaning down to the bottom of the pocket. Dr. Korkis then begins the second phase of treatment, which is root planing. Root planing smooths out the roots of your teeth to help your gums re-attach to them while keeping bacteria, plaque, and tartar from re-adhering underneath the gumline. The process may take more than one appointment to make sure that your teeth are clean and healthy.

Aftercare Tips

When you see Dr. Korkis for follow-up treatments, they will want to check on the healing of your teeth and gums. In most cases, patients who have red or swollen gums find that the tenderness and bleeding from periodontitis are reduced or eliminated. If your gums respond well and remain stable, you won’t need any further treatment.  To schedule a consultation or to ask any questions about scaling and root planing, give us a call at (847) 305-4905 or send us an email.