Root Planing: a Different kind of Cleaning
For our patients with periodontal disease we might recommend a “Root Planing” which is sometimes called a “deep cleaning.” In a healthy mouth a regular cleaning, or prophylaxis, focuses on removing plaque and polishing teeth above the gum line. Root Planing takes several visits and focuses on the elimination of tartar and plaque below the gum where Periodontal Disease occurs.
If plaque and tartar are not regularly, and completely, removed from the teeth gums become red, swollen from the bacteria and cause inflammation of the gums that is called “gingivitis.”
When gingivitis is not treated, it can advance to periodontal disease where the gums pull away from the teeth and form “pockets” that are infected. Below the gum line, bacterial toxins and the body’s enzymes fighting the infection actually start to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth in place.
Root planing combined with the periodontal maintenance program will help to reduce the pocket depths, begin to control your Periodontal disease and allow you to perform effective oral care at home.