Scaling and Root Planing Overview
Provided by a professional dentist, scaling and root planing (SRP) is an in-office procedure used to treat periodontal (gum) disease if it has progressed beyond gingivitis into the periodontitis stage. Caused by harmful bacteria under the gums, this stage of gum disease occurs when the tissues that support the teeth start to break down. At Made Ya Smile Dental, Dr. Jireh Yue offers scaling and root planing to prevent the disease from advancing, leading to serious oral issues such as tooth loss. In this nonsurgical treatment, our staff performs SRP to eliminate tartar deposits and plaque where the bacteria tend to hide and cause damage. We smooth the surface of your teeth so the gum tissue will easily reattach to the root surfaces, reducing the size of your periodontal pockets. If you notice symptoms like bleeding or inflamed gums, a receding gumline, or bad breath, it's important to get an assessment right away. To protect your jaw from bone loss and treat periodontal infections, get help from our skilled team by contacting our clinic in Houston, TX.
Best Candidates for Scaling and Root Planing
When you schedule a custom consultation, Made Ya Smile Dental will assess your gum and bone tissue to learn if periodontal disease is affecting your overall health and smile. This can lead to problems such as bone loss around the teeth and gum inflammation. To begin, Dr. Yue will take detailed images with digital x-rays to learn if gum disease is effecting the bone supporting your teeth. We will also measure the periodontal pockets (space) between your teeth and gums. If this space measures over 3mm in depth and our staff sees evidence of bone loss, we may suggest scaling and root planing to treat the infection. Symptoms include bleeding gums when you brush or floss your teeth, red or tender gums, swelling, gum recession, and chronic bad breath. Discovering and treating the periodontitis stage may prevent the disease from progressing to advanced periodontitis. Patients with advanced periodontitis may need surgery to restore the teeth and gums back to health.
What To Expect with Scaling and Root Planing
If dental anxiety or fear is a concern of yours, Made Ya Smile Dental can offer sedation options to make your treatment more comfortable. Once we decide that this non-surgical procedure is the right option for you, we can begin the process. After numbing your gums, we start with special scaling instruments and ultrasonic tools to eliminate the plaque and tartar deposits from the root surfaces of your teeth. Then Dr. Yue or a member of his staff will flush out the periodontal pockets and possibly place localized antibiotics to prevent the growth of bacteria. Depending on the number of teeth affected by gum disease, SRP can be completed in one or more visits. By working with Dr. Yue and his skilled hygiene team early on, you can reduce the risk of bone loss and the spread of periodontal infection.
Scaling and Root Planing Recovery
During the recovery period, we recommend avoiding eating until the local anesthetic wears off completely to avoid damage to the soft tissue. Your gums may feel tender for several days after your periodontal treatment as well as some tooth sensitivity. The experts at Made Ya Smile Dental can offer helpful tips for minimizing post-op discomfort. The goal of scaling and root planing is to reduce the spaces, or pockets, where bacteria cause damage by encouraging the gums to reattach to the teeth. To minimize plaque accumulation and bacteria, patients should brush and floss their teeth every day as part of their home care routine. Our friendly hygienists can show you the best ways to be as effective as possible when cleaning your teeth and gums. Following your procedure, we may also suggest maintaining your results with periodontal maintenance visits every 3 – 4 months.
Scaling and Root Planing Insurance Coverage
Based on your dental insurance plan, part of your scaling and root planing treatment may be covered. At Made Ya Smile Dental, our staff accepts most PPO plans and will happily file any claims on your behalf. If you have any out-of-pocket costs or do not have insurance, we can present you with a variety of payment options to make your care more affordable before the procedure. Our team does accept third-party financing with CareCredit® as well as with other convenient payment methods.
Scaling and Root Planing
Made Ya Smile Dental can help treat periodontal disease and protect your teeth and gums so the infection is less likely to return. Though there is no cure for gum disease, Dr. Yue and his team can minimize your risk of bone and tooth loss, especially if the disease is caught early on. Our facility offers nonsurgical procedures such as scaling and root planing to treat periodontitis. If you notice any concerning symptoms related to the teeth or gums, reach out to our clinic in Houston, TX as soon as possible for a periodontal consultation.