Periodontal (gum) health is an important aspect of your overall dental health and general well-being. When gum disease interferes with the ability to enjoy a healthy smile, our team at Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 works to stop the disease process and minimize its effects. Scaling and root planing (SRP) therapy is a nonsurgical treatment we offer to treat periodontitis when gum disease has begun to cause the breakdown of the gum and bone tissues that support the teeth. Caused by bacteria that live within plaque and tartar deposits on the teeth and beneath the gums, periodontitis can lead to the loss of bone in the jaw and teeth if left untreated. Our team performs SRP with special scaling instruments to gently remove these deposits and create a healthier oral environment. SRP also allows us to smooth the root surfaces and clean out periodontal pockets (spaces between the teeth and gums). If you have gums that bleed, gum recession, or other symptoms of gum disease, schedule a periodontal consultation with general dentist Dr. Saba Jamali at our Houston, TX family practice. She can determine if periodontitis is affecting your oral health and if SRP is a good treatment method for improving your gum condition.
Periodontitis occurs when disease-causing bacteria begin to destroy the bone and gum tissues that support your teeth. Common signs and symptoms of gum disease include bleeding, inflammation, and tenderness of the gums along with bad breath and gum recession. Our team uses advanced x-rays to learn if gum disease has caused bone loss in your jaw and periodontal measurements of the spaces between your teeth and gums to diagnose periodontitis. If you have bone loss and periodontal pocket readings that are over 3mm in-depth, you may be a candidate for SRP treatment. Leaving gum disease untreated may eventually result in advanced bone loss, tooth loss, and additional health concerns. When gum disease is diagnosed in the periodontitis stage, Dr. Jamali may recommend scaling and root planing to treat the condition. Conditions that have progressed to the advanced stage of periodontitis may be better treated with a surgical approach.
What To Expect
While scaling and root planing is a nonsurgical procedure, our team will numb your gum tissues to keep you comfortable while you receive your gum disease treatment. Please let Dr. Jamali know if you experience dental anxiety as sedation services may be used as well to help you relax even further. Depending on the location and the extent of your gum disease, your scaling and root planing procedure may be completed within 1 – 4 visits. After your treatment areas have been numbed, one of our skilled dental hygienists will use ultrasonic and hand scaling instruments to gently and thoroughly remove plaque and tartar accumulation from your root surfaces within your periodontal pockets. These areas will be flushed free of debris and an antibiotic may be locally delivered right into these spaces to target harmful bacteria. If recommended by Dr. Jamali, getting scaling and root planing treatment as soon as possible may help prevent the progression of the condition and minimize the need for further, more extensive treatment needs.
Post-op instructions on how to care for your teeth and gums as you heal will be provided by our team at the end of your SRP visit. Be sure to wait for the local anesthetic to wear off before you eat to reduce the chance of biting into your soft tissue by accident. Tooth sensitivity and gum tenderness may occur for the first few days following your care. Taking over-the-counter medications and warm saltwater rinses can help to relieve these symptoms. The goal of scaling and root planing is to clear the root surfaces of plaque, tartar, and bacteria so that the gums can begin the process of healing and forming a healthy connection once again to your teeth. We also want periodontal pocket depths to shrink, which can help to minimize the spaces where harmful bacteria can hide. Proper and thorough home care with brushing and flossing each day is essential to keeping your gums and teeth healthy. To assist you, our team will provide tips on the best techniques to use and may suggest other home care tools to improve your efforts. Our team is always ready to help you enjoy the healthiest smile possible. After you have received scaling and root planing treatment, Dr. Jamali may recommend a periodontal maintenance program of cleanings on a 3 – 4-month basis to help you manage your gum health.
At Made Ya Smile Dental West 8, we are happy to accept most major PPO dental plans and can help you maximize your benefits for periodontal treatment with scaling and root planing. Any out-of-pocket costs will be reviewed with you before beginning your procedure, and our team will work to help you find a payment solution that is comfortable for your budget. Our practice takes several flexible payment options, including low- or no-interest financing with CareCredit®.
Scaling and Root Planing
Though there is no cure for periodontitis, our caring and skilled team can help you get the treatment you need to manage your condition and improve the health of your smile. Symptoms, like gums that bleed, bad breath, and gum recession, may be signaling that gum disease is affecting your health and wellness. By treating periodontitis with experienced and personalized care, you can reduce the risk of bone and tooth loss and may save your smile from a range of other dental needs. Dr. Jamali and our Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 team offer scaling and root planing as a nonsurgical approach for stopping the progression of periodontitis. Learn more about your options for treatment and whether SRP might help you reestablish gum health by scheduling a visit at our Houston, TX practice.