(SOLVED!) Does Scaling And Root Planing Hurt?

Around half of the American adults today have some form of gum disease 🤓 The way to get rid of gum disease is to get rid of the source 😎 Every day each of us has millions of bacteria in our mouth. If allowed to remain they develop a sticky material on our teeth called plaque. The plaque continues to collect particles, sugars, acids and these elements will soon attack the enamel of the teeth. If you do not remove this plaque it will cascade down the tooth and below the gum line. At this time the plaque starts an infection in the soft tissue. The gums can become tender to the touch, become swollen and begin to sag away from the teeth only allowing these pockets to catch more unwanted particles. If you go through the scaling and root planing process you will remove the source of the infection and the gums will immediately begin to heal. [1]
Each of us have millions of bacteria in our mouth at all times. Day in and day out. If you do not follow suggested regular brushing and flossing practices you will fall behind the bacteria. What that means is that there is always a thin film on your teeth. That film will collect the bacteria. If not removed that film turns into something called plaque. Remember that plaque is carrying bacteria. The acids in the bacteria attack the enamel of the tooth and cause cavities. If the plaque gets to the gum line and then below the gum line it will infect the soft tissue of the gums. Over half of the American adults over the age of 35 have some level of gum disease. Gum disease, if left unattended, can have serious consequences that are extremely negative. Your dentist will evaluate the condition of your teeth and gums and suggest scaling and possibly root planing. (modified by Shamille K. On January 28, 2020) [2]
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New reports reveal how if plaque and tartar are left on the teeth, as we mentioned before, it provides the right conditions for bacteria to thrive. The bacteria irritate the gums, which means that they bleed more easily. You may notice this if you are brushing your teeth, or eating, and sometimes your gums may bleed a bit. This is the early stage of gum disease called gingivitis. If you have gingivitis, your dentist or hygienist will clean your teeth by scaling and polishing them. They may also recommend an antiseptic mouthwash containing chlorhexidine (e. G. Corsodyl in the U.K.), and show you how to brush and floss your teeth effectively. Most adults have some degree of gum disease. [3]
Kortney Buckner at wakedentalcare.com, explains how the dental scaling process typically begins with the area where the scaling and root planing is being performed being numbed with a local anesthetic. Once properly numbed, your dentist will begin removing plaque from the surface of your teeth below your gum line. They will either use a handheld instrument (dental scaler and curette), which allows them to scrape the plaque off the tooth and below the gum line in areas that are not accessible by your toothbrush, or an ultrasonic instrument, which combines a metal tip that vibrates and removes tartar, along with a water spray that flushes the pocket out. (last edited 91 days ago by Evetta C. From Taizhong, Taiwan) [4]

Article References

  1. https://www.brookwestfamilydentistry.com/scale-root-planing-painful/
  2. https://drsikes.com/scale-root-planing-painful/
  3. https://www.dentalfearcentral.org/faq/deep-cleaning/
  4. https://www.wakedentalcare.com/scale-and-root-planing-painful/
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