Scaling and Root Planing
|Dental scaling and root planing are a common non-surgical procedure that helps remove bothersome plaque and tartar from the teeth. Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, requires the technical skill and knowledge of our qualified dental professional for effective treatment. To make an appointment with one of our professionals, you can reach us at East Valley Implant & Periodontal Center.
The Importance of Scaling and Root Planing
This type of procedure is necessary to restore the health of the gums and prevent further complications and help the teeth reattach to the healthier gums. It also allows most patients to avoid oral surgery. Root planing follows the scaling process by smoothing the roots of the teeth. This process is much more complete than routine tooth cleaning and is also essential for preventing and treating gum disease.
Gum disease can begin quietly before progressing rapidly into a painful and harmful situation. Coming to our office regularly can help identify the first signs of gum disease that can often be treated with simple cleaning.
Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease
Primarily, problems affecting the gums such as swollen gums, pain in the gums or bleeding gums. Other signs may be bad breath, increased tooth space, or pain when chewing. If the teeth have begun to shift around, it can also be from gum disease. The only way to know for sure what is causing these issues is by coming to our office and let us look around.
Consequences of Scaling and Root Planing
Since this is an involved procedure, there are some contraindications following scaling and root planing. One of the most common symptoms is a new sensitivity to temperature and sweet foods and drinks. Sensitivity to temperature can be particularly acute for the first two or three days after the treatment. In some cases, it may take several weeks for all sensitivity to disappear. However, it is rare that it is long-lasting.
After scaling and root planing, you may also notice some bleeding when you brush. Just make sure that you are brushing as gently as possible so that you are not causing harm during the healing process. This bleeding should decrease and eventually cease within just a few days. Finally, there could also be problems of pain and discomfort. The scaling and root planing operation is not painful to most, but there may be discomfort.
The first thing to do is to rinse your mouth regularly using an antimicrobial mouthwash at least 2-3 times a day, in order to speed up the healing process. It is also recommended that you use a warm salt water rinse to help keep the mouth clean. For tooth sensitivity, you could use a desensitizing toothpaste, so you can continue the care of your teeth without problems. Lastly, the diet should also change until you are completely healed. Eat foods that are not likely to hurt your sensitive tissues, so avoid spicy and acidic items until your mouth feels better.
If you have gum problems and suspect gum disease, you can make an appointment with us at East Valley Implant & Periodontal Center by calling (480) 900-2771. This way you can book a visit and check if you need a scaling or root planing done.