What Is Scaling and Root Planing?
Do you have chronic bad breath, bleeding, and inflamed gums, and/or a receding gum line? Have you ever been told that you need a periodontal treatment called scaling and root planing? Our experienced dental teams at Made Ya Smile Dental in Kingwood, TX can diagnose and treat periodontal disease. One of the most common treatments is scaling or root planing (SRP). This service can halt the progression of active periodontal disease as bacteria is trapped deep within a gum pocket. In an attempt to clean out infected pockets and change the surface of the tooth and roots, SRP assists in the reattachment of the roots to the tooth and reduces the size of an inflamed pocket. Let's have a chat about your signs of periodontal disease and what advanced techniques we can provide to you to get it under control. Schedule your Made Ya Smile Dental appointment today.
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When Is Scaling and Root Planing Needed?
We will determine if you are a candidate for SRP by performing an examination at a consultation appointment before a treatment can be scheduled. We will take digital x-rays to look for infection and bone loss. Measurements of each gum pocket will be taken and noted in your dental record. We can use these numbers to see if there is an improvement after treatment. A healthy gum pocket is less than 3 mm in depth. Anything deeper than 3 mm indicates a greater chance of periodontal disease. Other signs you may report are:
- An inflamed gum line
- Bad breath all the time
- Bleeding gums when you brush and floss
- Gum recession
- Pus pockets on the gums
If you suspect that you have periodontal disease, it is best to have treatments in the earlier stages to prevent bone loss and more expensive and invasive dental services.
What Can I Expect With Scaling and Root Planing?
Once diagnosed with periodontal disease, we will want to get you in for treatments as soon as possible. If you would like to request sedation options for your SRP, we can make arrangements for oral-conscious or nitrous oxide sedation. We can also numb the area locally with an anesthetic. Using special ultrasonic and scaling instruments to clear out pockets and treat both the roots and the tooth surface. To flush bacteria out of your periodontal pockets, we do so by injecting antibiotics into the pocket. For best results, you may need to have more than one SRP treatment to clear up the infection and heal your gums. We do this to stop the progressive bone loss that periodontal infections can cause in your gums.
Recovery After Scaling and Root Planing Therapy
After an SRP, please refrain from eating until you are no longer numb from the appointment. You will feel sensitivity in your teeth and gums for a few days after this type of treatment. Besides following all of your dentist's recommendations on how to care for your diseased gums, the best thing you can do for your oral health is to be consistent in brushing and flossing your teeth. You will have follow-up appointments to consistently remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar from your teeth, and to chart the progress of the disease. Many patients are asked to return to the dentist every 3 – 4 months because this assists in the healing of the gum pockets. If the extra cleanings and treatments are not helping your periodontal disease, your dentist will advise you on how to proceed.
Is Scaling and Root Planing Covered by Insurance?
While we do offer third-party financing through CareCredit®, we also have several options to accompany what your dental insurance will cover for periodontic care. Like other treatments, we can submit a claim to the insurance provider and get you confirmation that SRP is covered and at what percentage you will need to pay out-of-pocket.
Nonsurgical Gum Disease Treatment
Our dental team at Made Ya Smile Dental in Kingwood understands how a diagnosis of gum disease may feel like bad news — especially when early treatments do not seem to be working. By taking the extra steps to have SRP added into your treatment, you are doing exactly what you need to do to get healthier gums. Contact our friendly Made Ya Smile Dental practice in Kingwood, TX today to learn more.