It is related to the accumulation of plaque or tartar that cannot be avoided in dental treatment. This is why scaling and root planing are necessary. The term "root planing" may be unfamiliar to the general public. In Thai, it can be translated as "ทำผิวรากฟันให้เรียบ". It involves removing plaque and disease-causing bacteria that adhere to the root surface, resulting in a smooth and firm root surface that helps the gums reattach more effectively.
- The treatment involves scaling and root planing. Scaling is the process of removing tartar from the surface of the teeth and the area above the gumline. Root planing, on the other hand, smoothens the surface of the tooth roots to allow the gum tissue to reattach firmly. This step may need to be repeated multiple times.
- After 4-6 weeks of treatment, the dentist will call for follow-up to examine the treatment. If there are deep periodontal pockets or significant bone loss, periodontal surgery may be necessary.
- Patients must clean the teeth and the inbetween in a correct way on a daily basis in which patient will at least need to use brush and floss everyday to eliminate undesirable microorganisms.
- Follow-up with dentist every 6 months to examine whether there are tartar left from daily cleaning before getting early treatment
Due to bacterial plaque being a significant cause of periodontal disease, if you can effectively remove plaque and bacteria through proper tooth and gum cleaning, you can prevent periodontal disease. Here are some recommendations to prevent periodontal disease:
- Brush your teeth and clean between them properly to eliminate bacterial plaque on a regular basis.
- Visit your dentist every 6 months for check-ups to assess whether there is any remaining plaque or tartar that couldn't be removed through regular cleaning. Early detection allows for timely treatment.
- After root planing, there may be some gum soreness. You can alleviate the discomfort by rinsing with saltwater or taking pain medication as prescribed.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day, using a gentle brushing technique to avoid aggravating any soreness.
- Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small head.
- Brush your teeth correctly, following proper brushing techniques.
- Use dental floss at least once a day.
- Regular dental check-ups every 6 months.