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Although we would prefer that none of our patients smoked, it is very important to not smoke for a period of 48-72 hours following these procedures. Smoking has many known risks for your overall health and your oral health in particular. Following root planing and most oral surgeries smoking is not recommended.

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an infection of the tissues that support each of your teeth.  The connective fibers that make up your gum tissue serve to anchor your tooth root into its socket and the surrounding bone.

Scaling is important and root planing may be necessary.  Scaling removes deposits of bacterial plaque, calculus, food debris, and pus that may have accumulated in the infected pocket(s).  It is a routine hygiene procedure that meticulously removes contaminants that have built up around the gum line.  Bacteria become plaque and plaque solidifies and becomes tartar.  Tartar is difficult to remove and when left, can increase inflammation and create pockets between your teeth and their surrounding gums.

Root planing smooths and cleans the root of the tooth so that the gum tissue may heal next to the tooth. How much work and how often it is required depends on each case.   Root planing involves smoothing the root surfaces of your teeth under the gum line where pockets have formed.  If proper treatment is maintained, the gums will be given a chance to heal and firmly reattach to roots that are clean and smooth.  This will help prevent tooth loss and problems with sensitivity.

Yes, cigarettes have profound and direct negative impact on disease.   Periodontitis has been linked to increasing the risk of certain other conditions such as heart disease and also an increase in the frequency of pre-term, low birth weight babies.

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Smilebrite Family Dental


Dr. Neil Zastre Inc.

110 - 11971 Third Avenue

(entrance on Chatham Street)

Richmond, BC V7E 3J9