Gum disease afflicts millions of adults in the United States. If you are among them, you should make every effort to battle your condition in order to save your teeth and reduce your risk of long-term health complications. We might recommend that you undergo scaling and root planing. This form of periodontal therapy can fight harmful bacteria and give your smile a chance to heal. If you believe you could benefit from scaling and root planing, contact our team to schedule your periodontal consultation.
Scaling and root planing is essentially a deep cleaning of the mouth. During the procedure, we remove the harmful bacteria that causes gum inflammation, from both above and below the gum line. We also smooth out the roots of the teeth so it is more difficult for bacteria to cling to them. After scaling and root planing, your gums will have an opportunity to firmly reattach to the teeth.
If you are exhibiting any signs of gum disease, such as red, swollen gums or gums that bleed when you brush, schedule a periodontal checkup with us. We will examine your mouth and determine whether you have gum disease and what the appropriate treatment is. In most cases of mild to moderate gum disease, scaling and root planing is a viable treatment option.
During the scaling part of the procedure, we use special tools to scrape plaque, tartar, and bacteria off the surface of your teeth. We do so above the gum line, and we also gently reach below the gum line to clean that area as well. Then, we smooth out the roots of the teeth during the root planing portion of the treatment.
Depending on the extent of your gum disease, scaling and root planing might take multiple appointments to complete. We will use a local anesthetic so you will be comfortable while we work. We also have nitrous oxide sedation available promote relaxation if you need a bit of extra help to feel at ease.
Benefits of scaling and root planing include:
The cost of your scaling and root planing procedure will depend on the extent of your gum disease. Your dental insurance may cover a significant portion of the treatment’s cost. During your consultation, we will give you an estimate of your financial obligation. We can also help you to apply for low-interest financing if necessary.