The buildup of plaque is a persistent problem for teeth, and Sleep Dentistry of Portland uses special cleaning to remove plaque and prevent gum disease.
Scaling and root planing is a type of deep cleaning performed by a dental professional. This procedure goes a step further than other cleanings and removes plaque and tartar below the gum line.
Scaling and root planing help to restore the health of both teeth and gums, preventing bone loss and preserving the bone line.
Plaque is a mixture of bacteria, their waste products and food residue. Over time, it builds up and irritate the gums. This inflammation is known as gingivitis or gum disease.
Untreated, gum disease will erode the upper and lower jaw bone resulting in complete tooth loss.
For your comfort during cleaning, Sleep Dentistry of Portland uses ultrasonic tools alongside traditional hygiene instruments.
In addition to local anesthetic, sedation may be used during this procedure. Scaling and root planing is key to restoring gum health, and being relaxed or even asleep will make this important treatment fly by.
Learn more about sedation dentistry options at Sleep Dentistry of Portland.