Gum Disease and Deep Cleaning

Root planing for advanced gum disease – Harley Street

Gum disease is a significant problem for our dental health with most of us having it to some degree at some time in our life. Thankfully though, gum disease is treated easily early on and can be corrected simply by introducing a better brushing regime. This is just one of the reasons why keeping regular appointments with your dentist in London is important. For those that don’t keep regular appointments, something that we especially see in nervous patients who have left lengthy periods of time between dental visits, the gum disease can have worsened to a point where this no longer works. The next step is usually an intensive scale and polish. This is a non invasive procedure although it can be performed using a topical anaesthetic as it can be uncomfortable.

concerned about a dental visitFor those whose gum disease has deteriorated to the point where even this does not work, i.e. where the disease has worked right down under the gums to near the bottom of the tooth, the only solution left is for a deep clean or root planing.

Whilst a scale and polish involves solely removing the build up of plaque and tartar from the surface of the tooth, deep cleaning involves smoothing the root surfaces and removing any parts that have become infected.

As you can imagine, this procedure is likely to cause discomfort and will nearly always be done using a local anaesthetic.

Once the root surface has been cleaned and is free from any build up of plaque and tartar, then the surrounding gum tissues should start to soon heal again, restoring your teeth to good health.

The root planing procedure is naturally longer than a simple scale and polish and if it is needed extensively, may be done over a number of appointments. Your dentist will be able to advise you of the best course of action once he has examined the extent of the gum disease.

Due to the nature of the procedure, it is likely that you will feel some soreness for a while after the procedure and you may wish to take an over the counter painkiller to ease this for a short while. You may also notice some extra sensitivity to your teeth but this is natural and will ease shortly afterwards.

It is wise to brush more gently afterwards too and using a warm salt water solution as a mouthwash may help to ease some of the discomfort that you may feel too.

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