Information on treatment and surgeryRoot Planning
With long time accumulation of plaque and calculus, it may be difficult to completely remove the calculus with regular scaling. When there is residual calculus, it prevents healing of the surrounding hard and soft tissues, which can lead to gum disease and furthermore, periodontal disease.
Root planning is an advanced scaling method that removes plaque and calculus build-up on the roots of the teeth, which cannot be seen above the gum level. This method is considered a stage between regular scaling and dentoplasty, which is required to prevent disease from worsening.
Cases that require Root Planning:
- Those with frequent swelling and bleeding of the gums
- Those with repeated gum pain
- Patients with unpleasant taste or smell inside the mouth
- Those with pus coming from the teeth and/or gums
- Patients with loose teeth due to gum disease
Root planning treatment practices
Treatment and Surgery Information
- Duration of Treatment/Surgery: About 30 Minutes
Method of Anesthesia: Local Anaesthesia
- Period of hospitalization: None
Removal of Suture: None
- In-hospital treatment: None
Recovery period: About 2-3 Days
Post-operative edema, bleeding, inflammation and other side effects vary in each individual. Consult with the postoperative care staff at Zeah if there are concerns or discomfort.
Zeah Doctor’s GuideDr. Hyung Kyu Kim (Director)
Gum disease can be easily prevented through correct use of daily brushing and dental floss.
There are natural small pockets in between teeth and the gums called periodontal pockets. When there is inflammation of the gums, the periodontal pockets get deeper indicating worsening of disease. Plaque and calculus accumulates in the deep periodontal pockets increasing chances of disease, hence the need for root planning. Root planning includes more cost and time to allow healing of the gums that have been neglected for so long, hence it is important to receive regular dental check-ups and scaling.
Preventing gum disease and tooth decay
- 1. Thoroughly brushing teeth before and after meals
- 2. Brushing teeth at least twice a day
- 3. Cleaning the adjacent portions of teeth using dental floss and interdental brush
- 4. Keeping a healthy lifestyle through balanced meals
- 5. Receiving regular dental check-ups and scaling
- 6. For smokers, brushing teeth thoroughly and aim towards quitting
- 7. Receiving treatment for general diseases such as diabetes which can exacerbate gum disease and tooth decay
- 8. Making new prosthetics if it is too old and defective