Root Planing

Root planing is a periodontal therapy done to smooth rough surfaces and to remove subgingival bacteria. It involves scraping the tartar present on the tooth and under the gums. It is either done hand instruments or an ultrasonic device that uses vibration to remove plaque.

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I am ashamed of the tartar on my lower teeth. How do I remove it?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 18 years old and have tartar build-up on my lower two incisors. I feel ashamed that my dental hygiene was poor till 12 years of age. I want to remove tartar, and also I want to know if the gaps will cause any problems. What should I do? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Alfiya K Jamal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The deposits around the tooth are calcified and form calculus which cannot be removed by brushing alone. I suggest you do scaling (ultrasonic cleaning) and root planing, and once it is done, we can prevent the further formation of tartar (calculus). I saw the picture...  Read Full »

Why do I have pain in my gums while brushing?

Query: Hello doctor, Something is stuck between my teeth. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Chinmay Arora

Answer: Hi, Welcome to What is stuck between your teeth? Do you feel stains or calculus? If yes, go for scaling and root planing. If you think it is a cavity where food is stuck, then you need a dental filling. Kindly attach a photo and tell the chief complaint. Thanks.  Read Full »

Can periodontitis, once treated, reoccur?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 28 years old. I had gum diseases two years back, which was treated. I last visited a dentist two years before, and after that, there was a lockdown. In the lockdown, I noticed that my front teeth are very slightly mobile. Initially, I could feel them with my tongue. After that, the ...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please be calm. There can be chances of periodontal infections characterized by mobility and bone loss. I suggest you: 1) Please share picture of the involved teeth for the proper diagnosis. 2) Get an OPG (orthopantomogram) done. I hope this was helpful.  Read Full »

Why do my gums get swollen very often?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a swollen gum problem repeatedly, and earlier, when I was suffering from the same issue, they suggested Metrogyl 400 tablet. Right now, I am not able to contact her as she is not in town.  Read Full »

Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. There are two issues basically you need to understand. What your doctor gave you for a temporary solution is quite fine, you can take the same course of medicine again, along with that you can also do warm water and salt rinse 3 to 4 tim...  Read Full »

Why is bone exposed in my gums?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from a¬†swollen, bleeding and receding gums. I tried Corsodyl mouthwash, but I want more advice. I am dreading going to the dentist. I really do not want to lose my tooth. The top bone area is currently exposed. I really need help, please.  Read Full »

Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Sore, swollen and receding gums with bleeding seem to be most probably due to an active gum infection that is causing a loss of attachment from the gum and underlying bone, making the teeth loose. This condition is called periodontitis. Using only a mouth wash will not...  Read Full »

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