Scaling and Root Planingin Wylie, TX

Don’t Let Gum Disease Progress

Are you experiencing signs of early-stage gum disease, such as red gums, swelling, or bleeding? If so, our Wylie dentist can help. Don’t let gum disease progress into later stages and cause further issues, including tooth loss. Scaling and root planing can help alleviate the plaque and tartar buildup and reverse the effects of early-stage gum disease.

If you’re experiencing gum disease symptoms, contact our dentist in Wylie today by calling (214) 702-0446 to schedule an appointment.

What Is Scaling and Root Planing?

Scaling and root planing, also known as deep cleaning, is a non-surgical procedure used to treat periodontal disease. It involves the removal of plaque and tartar that’s built up below the gum line and smoothing out the tooth root to prevent further bacterial growth. The scaling and root planing processes are performed together to improve oral health and prevent gum disease from progressing.

  1. Scaling: Our dentist or dental hygienist uses a hand instrument or ultrasonic device to remove plaque and tartar from the crowns of the teeth and below the gum line.
  2. Root planing: They’ll use a smooth instrument to smooth the root surfaces of the teeth. This helps the gums reattach to the teeth.
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Scaling and Root Planing Benefits

For those showing signs of early-stage gum disease, scaling and root planing can provide you with the following benefits:

  • Prevents gum disease from progressing into periodontitis
  • Reduces the risk of tooth loss
  • Eliminates bad breath
  • Improves overall oral health
  • Can save you money on future dental treatments
  • Decreases gum bleeding

When Is Scaling and Root Planing Necessary?

Scaling and root planing are necessary when there’s an excessive build-up of plaque and tartar that has caused gum inflammation, bleeding, and even bone loss. A deep cleaning may be recommended if:

  • There’s moderate-to-severe gum disease, also known as periodontitis.
  • There’s a significant amount of plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth and gums.
  • There’s bleeding, inflammation, and recession of the gums.
  • When there are deep pockets between the teeth and gums that have formed due to gum disease.
  • When some loose teeth or teeth have shifted due to gum disease.

If you’re experiencing any of the above, please contact our dentist in Wylie today for an appointment. For those showing signs of advanced gum disease or chronic periodontal disease, other treatments may be necessary.

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How Scaling and Root Planing Works

To treat gum disease, scaling and root planing may be performed:

  1. Evaluation: Our dentist will evaluate the extent of gum disease through dental X-rays and measurements of the gum pockets.
  2. Local Anesthetic: We’ll use a local anesthetic, or another form of dental sedation, to numb the area before starting the procedure.
  3. Scaling: Our dentist will use special tools to remove the plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces and below the gum line. This is also known as dental scaling.
  4. Root Planing: The tooth root can become rough due to uneven plaque and tartar buildup. Dr. G will smooth out the rough surfaces of the tooth root to prevent further bacterial growth and encourage the gums to reattach to the teeth.
  5. Antibacterial Rinse: An antibacterial rinse will be given to you to help flush out any remaining bacteria.

After Your Gum Disease Treatment

After your scaling and root planing procedure, you’ll want to take care of your oral health to ensure the gum disease doesn’t come back. Dr. G may recommend doing the following:

  • Follow a good oral hygiene routine, including brushing twice a day and flossing daily.
  • Use an antibacterial mouthwash as prescribed by your dentist.
  • Avoid eating hard, crunchy, or sticky foods for a few days.
  • Attend regular dental checkups to monitor your oral health.

Teeth Scaling and Root Planing Risks

Like any dental procedure, there are some risks patients should be aware of. Risks associated with deep cleanings include:

  • Sensitivity: After scaling and root planing, you may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, as well as sweet or sour foods. This usually subsides within a few days or a week.
  • Gum Recession: In some cases, deep cleanings can cause the gums to recede or pull away from the teeth. This can make the teeth appear longer and expose the tooth roots, which can be sensitive to cold temperatures.
  • Infection: Dental scaling and root planing involve removing bacteria from the gums and teeth. However, in some cases, the procedure can introduce bacteria into the bloodstream, which can potentially cause infections in other parts of the body.
  • Pain: Some patients may experience discomfort or pain during and after a deep cleaning. This is usually mild and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Reverse Your Periodontal Disease With Our Wylie Dentist

We can effectively treat your periodontal disease with a scaling and root planing treatment. This type of deep cleaning can help improve your oral health and prevent tooth loss. If you suspect you have gum disease, seek prompt treatment from our dentist.

Avoid periodontal surgery by catching the early signs of gum disease. Contact our dentist in Wylie, TX, at (214) 702-0446 to schedule your dental visit today!