Posted on 9/5/2016 by Scholes Periodontics & Implants
Understanding Root Debridement Therapy
If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, your dentist may recommend root debridement therapy in order to treat the issue. Root debridement is a deep-cleaning procedure that can scrape the tartar off of the teeth when it is located at or below the gum line. Since tartar can make the teeth a greater risk for decay, it is important to remove this substance, and your dentist can do so using an ultrasonic machine or dental instruments.
Rood Debridement Therapy vs. a Traditional Cleaning
Many people wonder why they need root debridement therapy in the first place, especially if they just recently had a dental cleaning. A regular dental cleaning will be used to remove the sticky plaque that is located above the gum line. On the other hand, root debridement therapy will remove this plaque after it hardens into tartar, and it can access the substance when it is found below the gum line.
Why a Periodontist Might Suggest Root Debridement Therapy
Your dentist might recommend root debridement therapy if he or she observes tartar found on your teeth. The condition of your gums could also be a sign that root debridement is a good option, especially if your dentist finds signs of inflammation. In many cases tartar buildup around or below the gums could be the cause of this inflammation, and once root debridement has been completed, your gums can heal.
Potential Benefits of Root Debridement
Root debridement is extremely beneficial when it comes to reducing the risk of tooth decay, as the process will remove tartar. This procedure can also reverse gingivitis before it worsens and leads to a more serious gum disease known as periodontitis.
However, it is important to remember that the benefits of this therapy will only last if you keep plaque and tartar off of your teeth, so you’ll need to practice good oral hygiene in order to maintain lasting results.
Please contact us if you have any questions about root detriment therapy.