If you have developed signs of periodontal (gum) disease, a normal cleaning may not be adequate enough to treat your smile. The first stage of periodontal disease, gingivitis, is usually corrected with scaling and root planing (SRP). This is a nonsurgical procedure done at SEDA Dental of Delray Beach to help eliminate gum disease by removing built-up tartar and plaque from the below the gumline. With specific instruments, a scaling and root planing treatment performed by Dr. Andrade cleans out the gum pockets, then smoothes the surface of your teeth to avoid further buildup. If you are worried about your gums, find out more about scaling and root planing at SEDA Dental of Delray Beach.
At your dental examination, Dr. Andrade will check how deep your gum pockets are. If your gum pockets, also called sulcus, are more than three millimeters, then a scaling and root planing therapy may be recommended. SRP helps to decrease the size of the gum pockets so bacteria and plaque cannot accumulate in this region, which contributes to the first phase of periodontal disease (gingivitis). A number of the early signs of gum disease are chronic bad breath, loose teeth, in addition to gums that are swollen, tender, bleed easily, look red, or are receding. When gum disease is caught early, one or more scaling and root planing treatments can reverse signs, but when periodontal disease has reached later phases (regular or advanced periodontitis), then you might need more comprehensive treatments.
What To Expect
SRP is a deep cleaning that may be performed in our office using local anesthesia on the areas of your mouth being addressed. We might also suggest sedation methods if you are feeling anxious about having SRP. Dr. Andrade will utilize a scaling tool to clean the tartar and plaque below the gumline. He will subsequently plane or smooth the exterior of the enamel to decrease the number of regions where tartar and plaque may get caught to avoid future problems.
Following your SRP therapy, you might experience greater tooth and gum sensitivity, in addition to some tingling from the local anesthesia. Dr. Andrade may write a prescription for antibiotics that will help remove any residual bacteria from the gums. You should follow a good oral hygiene regimen in your home, such as daily flossing and brushing, to keep your gums and teeth healthy and clean. You should also schedule yearly dental examinations so Dr. Andrade can evaluate the health of your teeth and gums, as well as bi-annual visits to get your teeth cleaned. Based upon the initial state of your mouth and your own home care following an SRP therapy, you might need more scaling and root planing procedures to fully restore your oral health.
SRP is a very common procedure for treating gum disease that is usually paid for in part by your dental insurance provider. We will get in touch with your provider to determine your policy and individual expenses. If you do not have dental insurance, then SEDA Dental of Delray Beach accepts many payments, including low-interest financing, which may be discussed in your appointment.
Scaling and Root Planing
Gum disease may become dangerous and painful for your health so if you are experiencing symptoms, please schedule an appointment at our office in Delray Beach, FL. The first stage of periodontal disease, gingivitis, is usually corrected using a very simple SRP process at SEDA Dental of Delray Beach. Please contact us to make an appointment or to receive more details.