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If you have problems with your gum health such as gum disease, you will likely benefit from a treatment option our dentist, Dr. Gerald Regni, provides for patients known as scaling and root planing. The purpose of this treatment is to address periodontal infections (inflammation of the gum tissue) to keep it from spreading.

This is important because unchecked gum disease can eventually damage the supportive bone material around the teeth and loosening teeth until they fall out. The progressive stages of gum disease are known as gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis.

Scaling and root planing allows Dr. Regni to go in with special instruments to remove harmful bacterial deposits (hardened plaque) and tartar which has collected around and under the gumline. Removing these biofilm deposits allow the affected gum tissue to heal so it doesn’t get worse.

Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling involves clearing off plaque from tooth enamel after which the tooth roots are cleaned from microbial deposits using sonic vibrations and smoothing out (planing) the roots. You have the option of requesting a local anesthetic, though it isn’t always necessary. This treatment can be done in one appointment with Dr. Regni or spread out over a few visits and tackling different areas each time, and generally depends on the severity of the disease. Antibiotics may be prescribed to alleviate any infection, and you will be shown how to properly brush and floss to help prevent gum disease from recurring. So how do you know if you have gum disease?

Gum Disease Symptoms

– Your gums are tender, swollen, red or bleeding
– You can see pus around your teeth and gums
– You have chronic bad breath
– You have a persistent bad taste in the mouth
– Your gums are pulling away from the teeth
– Some teeth are feeling loose

You can protect your teeth and gums by being diligent with your daily brushing and flossing routine and maintaining a balanced diet and limiting sugary, starchy or acidic foods. Be sure to keep all scheduled dental cleanings and exams so Dr. Regni can spot problems early when they are more easily treated and keep tartar buildup from destroying your teeth and gums.

If you are showing the symptoms of gum disease, we encourage you to make an appointment for scaling and root planing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, so Dr. Regni can treat your periodontal symptoms. Please call 215-351-9399 today and get your oral health back on track!