Scaling and root planing is a gentle and non-invasive option for eliminating gum disease in its early stages.
If you are suffering from the early stages of gum disease, scaling and root planingis a minimally invasive treatment that can get you back on the road to good periodontal health. Dr. Randall Prince and his team in Dyersburg, TN, can gently remove plaque and tartar buildup in order to eliminate harmful bacteria and restore your oral health as soon as possible. Early detection and intervention is critical to preventing tooth loss, bone loss, and other serious complications.
Scaling & Root Planning
Managing Gum Disease with Scaling and Root Planing
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Scaling and root planing typically only takes a single appointment, although some patients may need to come in for a second cleaning to fully remove all bacteria. While a relatively simple and painless procedure, Dr. Prince can administer a local anesthetic and sedative to keep more sensitive patients comfortable and relaxed.
Dr. Prince typically focuses on the scaling portion of the procedure first. Using a dental scaler, he can gently scrape away and remove large deposits of plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line. He will pay particular attention to any pockets that have formed between the gums and the teeth, which are prime spots for bacterial growth. Once the majority of the plaque is eliminated, he can begin root planing, or smoothing the tooth roots. This not only makes it harder for bacteria to find a foothold, but also encourages periodontal pockets to close.
What Happens During Scaling and Root Planing?
Unfortunately, there is no cure for gum disease. However, if left untreated, invasive surgical procedures are needed to restore the resulting damage, ranging from root canal therapy to dental implants and full mouth reconstruction. Because they require surgery, these procedures are often more expensive and involved than other options.
As a conservative dentist, Dr. Prince wants to help patients avoid such costs by treating gum disease as soon as possible. Early detection and intervention are critical to preventing tooth loss, bone loss, and other serious complications. Scaling and root planing or "deep cleaning" is one of the most commonly used treatments to treat early stages of gum disease.
What are the Benefits of Early Treatment?
While patients may be sensitive for a few days after their appointment, any lingering soreness usually fades within a week or so. More important is your future management of gum disease. In order to prevent more serious flareups of gum disease, patients must be diligent with their at-home oral care. In most cases, brushing twice daily with a soft-bristled brush and flossing twice per day is sufficient to guard against plaque buildup. Depending on the severity of your case, however, Dr. Prince may also recommend more frequent dental checkups and cleanings in the months afterward.
Also known as periodontitis, gum disease results from an inflammation of the gums and surrounding tissue. While bacteria normally live in the mouth without issue, they can form colonies in the food that becomes trapped there. The combination of bacterial waste and food creates plaque and tartar, which can irritate the gums enough to create an opening for bacteria to get below the gum line. Over time, the gums will appear red or swollen and may bleed when you brush or floss.
What is Gum Disease?
Scaling and root planing is a gentle and non-invasive option for eliminating gum disease in its early stages. If you have noticed unusual bleeding or swollen gums when you brush your teeth, contact our office online or call (731) 286-1583 as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.
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