Learn more about how scaling and root planing could treat your gum disease.
Gum disease can be a nasty problem that if left untreated could cause receding gums, as well as tooth and bone loss. Fortunately, there is something you can do to treat your condition. From the office of your San Antonio, TX dentist, Dr. Emanuel Dehelean, find out more about this gum disease treatment and whether it’s right for you.
What is scaling?
During the scaling portion of your procedure our San Antonio general dentist will use both ultrasonic and manual tools to remove plaque and tartar buildup from the surface of the teeth and under the gum line. These ultrasonic tools use vibrations to remove buildup more efficiently and the manual tools may be used afterwards to take care of anything that still remains.
What is root planing?
During root planing we smooth the surface of the tooth roots to reduce the amount of areas that plaque and tartar can thrive.
Will this treatment hurt?
Most patients are relieved to hear that this deep cleaning treatment can be performed under local anesthesia, so the gums will be numb prior to the procedure. You shouldn’t feel discomfort during this treatment.
If you find that your teeth are more sensitive after scaling and root planing, we may recommend using desensitizing toothpaste.
How many treatment sessions will I need?
A lot will depend on the severity of your symptoms. This treatment can take anywhere from two to four visits to complete. Since scaling and root planing can be time-consuming, getting this entire treatment completed in just one visit isn’t always ideal for the patient. However, once treatment is over most patients find that their gum disease is gone. Of course, maintenance treatments and routine visits are still part of caring for your gums to make sure that infection doesn’t set in.
Gum disease doesn’t have to ruin your oral health for good. Silver Oaks Dentistry in San Antonio, TX is here to help. Call our office today to schedule your next visit and let us know that you are interested in discussing your treatment options regarding gum disease.