What Is Scaling and Root Planing?
When gum (periodontal) disease is found in the first stage — also called gingivitis — it can often be addressed with a thorough teeth cleaning and optimized oral hygiene habits. However, when the dental issue develops into the following phase, known as periodontitis, Gabrielle Dizon could suggest scaling and root planing (SRP) treatments. Scaling and root planing is an effective periodontal disease solution that removes plaque, tartar, and dangerous bacteria from behind your gum tissues. To carry out this therapy, our talented Dallas, TX dental professionals even out the outsides of the tooth roots within gum pockets with advanced dental instruments. SRP works to offer a healthier atmosphere for your gum tissues and help undo the progression of gum disease. If you show indications of periodontitis, set up a visit at Preston Hollow Dental Care to hear more information on scaling and root planing.
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Are You a Candidate for SRP?
Individuals could be great candidates for SRP therapy when they notice red or sensitive gums, bad breath, gum erosion, or other indications of periodontal disease. During your appointment, our staff will evaluate the spaces between your teeth and gumline. In cases where these spaces are over three millimeters deep and x-rays prove that bone loss is present, we may offer scaling and root planing. This periodontal disease treatment will help to minimize the depth of the gum pockets. This could let you clean your gums with easier techniques. Gum disease that is diagnosed in the earlier stage is usually taken care of with scaling and root planing at Preston Hollow Dental Care.
What Is the Treatment Process?
SRP therapy at our Dallas, TX practice is often done in varied areas of your mouth over the course of 1 – 4 sessions. To help you stay at ease, we will numb your mouth with a general anesthetic. Sedation could also be available in the event that you feel scared when receiving oral care. Once you are ready to get started, one of our hygienists will use an ultrasonic root scaler and handheld instruments to thoroughly eliminate tartar and plaque from within your gum gaps. The tooth root surfaces are then smoothed (planed) to lessen the areas where disease-causing bacteria can collect. Topically delivered antibiotics might additionally be placed down into the gum pockets to enhance gum health and control bacterial accumulation.
Following Scaling and Root Planing Therapy
Tenderness and gum discomfort may occur for a few days after your SRP treatment. These issues should typically be addressed by taking nonprescription pain meds and using warm salt water rinses. Using proper oral hygiene habits, like basic toothbrushing and flossing every day, is critical for sustaining your periodontal health. Our team might also recommend that you attend regular gum maintenance therapies to help lessen the chances for further infections and better manage your gum health. These gum maintenance sessions are often done 3 – 4 times a year and stand in for routine dental cleanings.
Insurance Coverage for SRP
Preston Hollow Dental Care is pleased to provide scaling and root planing, a well-known periodontal disease treatment approach, that could be paid for in part by insurance plans. If you have dental coverage, we may contact your carrier to determine your complete benefits before estimating any personal costs. Our office takes several payment methods, like medical payment programs, to ensure that your oral care is more affordable.
FAQ ABOUT SCALING AND ROOT PLANING
1. What is scaling and root planing?
For patients with three millimeters or deeper periodontal pockets, scaling and root planing is recommended. This treatment removes plaque and tartar found below the gumline. This nonsurgical treatment helps improve inflamed or bleeding gums and prevents the onset of bacterial infections or tooth loss.
2. Does scaling and root planing hurt?
During the scaling and root planing process, local anesthesia will be used to numb the area being treated. This means that you should have little discomfort during the treatment. Most patients don’t report any pain during this deep cleaning.
3. What is recovery like after a deep cleaning?
After scaling and root planing, you may experience numbness or slight discomfort around the teeth that were treated for a few days. You also might have tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods or beverages for up to six weeks.
4. Do periodontal pockets heal after scaling and root planing?
Yes, they do. However, in severe cases where periodontal pockets don’t heal, surgery may be needed to remove the inflamed tissue. This prevents the gum infection from progressing further.
5. What should I avoid doing after scaling and root planing treatment?
Avoid eating any hot or spicy foods until your gums have healed. Also, do not smoke or have alcoholic beverages for at least 72 hours after your scaling and root planing procedure.
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Stop the Progression of Gum Disease
Because of enhancements in the oral field, it's simpler to target and get rid of the concerns caused by periodontal disease. At Preston Hollow Dental Care, our staff offers regular SRP treatments to target the last phases of gum disease and help halt its spread. Set up a gumline assessment at our Dallas, TX office or ask our staff for more on SRP.
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