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SCALING AND ROOT PLANING

Periodontal disease affects nearly half of American adults, though most people don’t even know they have the condition. Some patients require more than routine preventative tooth and gum cleaning. Deep cleanings remove soft or hard plaque from under the gum line, facilitate the healing of gums, prevent tooth and bone loss, and prevent the spread or aggravation of gum disease.

 

Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease:

->Continuous bleeding from brushing and flossing

->Foul odor coming from your mouth that can’t be fixed by using mouthwash or brushing
->Red, puffy, inflamed gums that lack a healthy appearance
->Large black triangles between your teeth, representing bone loss

->Receding gumline

->Shifting teeth
->Deep gingival pocketing where food and bacteria get caught

 

What to expect at your appointment

After a full examination, full set of dental radiographs, and full mouth gingival pocket assessment, if you are treatment planned for scaling and root planing, you will be scheduled for your procedure in two to four appointment slots. Our doctors will talk to you about your specific needs as every patient is at a different stage of periodontal disease.

 

After local anesthesia is achieved, a combination of ultrasonic instruments and hand scalers will be used to rid your teeth of any harmful buildup below the gumline. The procedure typically lasts 30 minutes per quadrant (quarter of your mouth) and all precautions will be taken to ensure comfort during the procedure. The doctor may also prescribe a medicated mouth rinse that is proven to improve healing to your tissues between appointments.

Once the scaling and root planing treatment is completed, our doctors suggest a three-month or four-month recall for routine dental cleanings. This will be your suggested recall time until bacteria are removed, your home care has improved, and gingival pockets have decreased to a manageable depth. We know this is a tedious process and we will guide you through every step of the way.