Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common oral health condition that affects the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can result in gum recession, tooth loss, and even impact overall health. In cases where gum disease has progressed past gingivitis, root planing and scaling with the Pearland, TX dentists from Pearland Dental Group can help.
Root planing and scaling, also known as dental deep cleaning, refers to two procedures, used in combination to effectively remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from below the gumline to restore gum health and prevent the progression of gum disease.
During the scaling phase, our dental professional uses specialized tools to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from the surfaces of the teeth and below the gum line. During the root planing phase, your Pearland dentist will smooth the rough areas on the roots, allowing the gums to reattach more securely to the teeth. This helps prevent bacteria from accumulating in those spaces in the future.
Root planing and scaling offer numerous benefits for patients with gum disease. Some key advantages of the procedure include:
Before being approved for root planing and scaling, your Pearland dentist will have you attend an initial consultation. During your initial consultation, your dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth, take X-rays, review your medical history, and ask you questions about your smile goals. Your initial consultation is a good time to ask any questions or voice any concerns you may have.
Before the procedure begins, a local anesthetic will be administered to numb the area being treated. This ensures a painless experience for the patient.
Once you’re numb, your Pearland dentist will remove bacteria from the surfaces of the teeth and below the gum line. After scaling, the roots of the teeth are carefully smoothed or planed, removing the spaces where bacteria can accumulate and attach to the roots of the teeth. An antibacterial rinse may be used to flush out any remaining bacteria and promote healing of the gums.
After undergoing root planing and scaling, it’s essential to follow proper aftercare instructions to promote healing and maintain your gum health. Here are some tips to help you during the recovery process:
The procedure is performed using a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort. You may experience some sensitivity or mild discomfort afterward, but it can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers and your dentist’s post-treatment instructions.
The duration of the procedure depends on the severity of your gum disease and the number of areas that require treatment. On average, it can take between one to two hours to complete.
In some cases, multiple appointments may be required, especially if your gum disease is more advanced. Your dentist will evaluate your condition and provide a personalized treatment plan that suits your needs.
Many dental insurance plans provide coverage for periodontal treatments such as root planing and scaling. However, coverage can vary, so you should review your dental insurance policy or consult your insurance provider to understand the specifics of your coverage.
Root planing and scaling are vital procedures for restoring gum health and preventing the progression of gum disease. Our experienced Pearland dental professionals are committed to providing high-quality periodontal care to help you achieve optimal oral health.
If you’re suffering from symptoms of periodontal disease, schedule an appointment with Pearland Dental Group by dialing (281) 993-9900. You can also schedule an appointment by clicking the button below and one of our friendly team members will get back to you shortly. Pearland Dental Group provides scaling and root planing to patients from Pearland and surrounding areas such as Fresno, Houston, Alvin, and League City, TX.
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