Periodontal disease is a serious ailment. While it may not cause you any pain in the beginning, when left untreated 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 dental scaling to treat this ailment and help you avoid a root canal.
Dental scaling is usually used during a deep cleaning to great gum disease. Over time, plaque and deposits known as tartar can build up between your teeth that even proper brushing and flossing cannot remove. This material acts as a breeding ground for harmful bacteria that can cause tooth decay, gum disease and other serious dental issues. During a deep cleaning, your dentist will use scaling to remove this material from between your teeth and the surface of your gums in order prevent a root canal.
In some cases your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the quadrant of your mouth they are focusing on. They will then clean your teeth thoroughly before scaling your teeth and gums in order to remove any build up.
There are two main types of scaling instruments that your dentist may use:
After your appointment you lips and gums will remain numb 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 with our Dallas dentist Jaime Osorio DDS.