Cleaning and polishing your teeth is often enough to keep oral problems at bay. But in some cases, scaling and root planing may be needed to thoroughly clean your teeth. If our dentists feel that you could benefit from this procedure, you can be condiment that you will get the best care possible at Dental Specialists of Weston. Please feel free to contact our office at 954-349-4993 to make an appointment with Dr. Llavona or Dr. Oliver for scaling and root planing in Weston, Florida.
Gum disease is a serious condition that can affect not only your oral health but your overall health. Plaque is constantly forming on your teeth, but you can remove it every day when you brush and floss your teeth. Plaque contains harmful bacteria, and when it is left on and around your teeth, it can cause your gums to become sore or inflamed. Eventually, the bacteria will cause your gums to pull away from your teeth and create pockets. Plaque and bacteria that gets trapped in these pockets cannot be removed with regular, at-home brushing or flossing.
When you visit our practice, our dentists will examine your mouth for signs of gum disease. Should your gums have developed pockets, we may recommend scaling and root planing to remove the plaque and restore your oral health.
Scaling and Root Planing Procedure
Scaling and root planing, simply put, is a deep cleaning for your teeth and gums. It is a combination of two treatments. Scaling focuses on removing the plaque and tarter (or calculus) from the surface of your teeth. During a scaling treatment, our dentists work to remove plaque from both above and beneath the gum line. This ensures that your tooth is clean from the top of the crown to the bottom of the periodontal pocket. Next, we well do root planing. This treatment focuses on smoothing the surface of your dental roots, which will help your gum tissue reattach to your teeth. Depending on how deep your periodontal pockets are, you may need two visits to complete your scaling and root planing treatment. Dr. Llavona or Dr. Oliver may also use a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area.
Because scaling and root planing is a more complex and deep cleaning, you may experience some discomfort for a few days after your treatment. You may also have increased tooth sensitivity for up to a week. Gum tissue may also become swollen or tender for a few days. Minor bleeding is also common.
Our dentists may prescribe antibiotics or pain medication to help prevent infection and minimize discomfort during your recovery. In some cases, we may insert medication into the periodontal pockets, which will release disease-fighting medicine over time.
You will have a follow-up appointment with Dr. Llavona or Dr. Oliver soon after your scaling and root planing treatment. During this appointment, we will check the depth of your periodontal pockets to ensure that they are reducing. If they have not reduced or gotten deeper, you may require additional treatment.
It is important to maintain healthy gums. If you notice that your gum line is receding, or if your gums have become inflamed or have started to bleed easily, we encourage you to contact our practice and set up an appointment to learn if you need scaling and root planing.