Most of the time you wait for a dental problem to become a serious issue before you seek treatment for it, when in reality you could save yourself a lot of time, pain, and money if you were to act immediately. When it comes to gums, scaling and root planing are the best ways to act in time, before the disease becomes too severe and irreversible.
Scaling and root planing, which is the most common form of treatment for periodontal disease, cleans the area between the gums and the teeth all the way down to the roots. It removes calculus and plaque attached to the surfaces of the tooth, and especially targets the area below the gum line. It is recommended to do this procedure as soon you notice that your gums have started to pull away from the teeth or when roots have plaque deposits on them.
Local anesthetic might have to be used during the procedure, and antibiotic fibers can be placed into the pockets between the teeth and gums to help speed healing and prevent infection.
Scaling and root planing stops the progression of gum disease, and with good dental hygiene your gums should heal quite quickly after the procedure and regain their pink color again. Lack of brushing and flossing after the procedure will not only slow down the recovery, but can also cause the disease to return and get worse.
If you are having gum issues, call and make an appointment. The procedure is not complicated, and it can only help you in the long run to act in time, instead of wait for the disease to become too severe for this simple procedure to be effective.