The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, and it can quickly become more serious (periodontitis) when left untreated. Common symptoms include bleeding and inflammation of the gums, sensitivity, chronic bad breath, loose teeth, and a receding gumline. Typically, scaling and root planing (SRP) is used to treat and restore the health of the gums. This process involves a deep cleaning below the gumline and smoothing the surface of the tooth. Call Aventura Dental Center in Aventura, FL to schedule an appointment with skilled and expertly trained dentist Dr. David Bistritz.
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What to Expect
For the scaling and root planing procedure, you will be given local anesthesia on the areas being treated. Sedation may be added to help you remain calm and comfortable during the procedure. To reach all areas of the gum pocket and remove the plaque and tartar that has built up, Dr. Bistritz will use a manual scaling tool or an ultrasonic cleaner. After the gum pocket is cleaned, Dr. Bistritz will minimize areas where plaque and tartar can become trapped by planing (smoothing) the surface of the tooth. After the procedure, the gums will begin to heal and reattach properly to the tooth root. Some patients may need more than one treatment to get their best results.
After the scaling and root planing treatment, you might experience some inflammation or bleeding of the gums for a few days. To keep the gums and teeth clean, you should discuss proper techniques for brushing and flossing so you can establish a good home care routine. You should also be sure to schedule a dental exam at least once a year or as recommended by our office. Dr. Bistritz will usually schedule a follow-up appointment 2 – 4 months after the procedure to check your progress.
Since scaling and root planing is usually a medically necessary treatment for gum disease, dental insurance often covers some or all of the cost of the procedure. Our office will contact your insurance company to determine your specific coverage and out-of-pocket expenses. You can also discuss payment options and financing plans during your consultation.
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Clean, Healthy Gums
To prevent more advanced stages of gum disease, scaling and root planing is an effective, nonsurgical treatment that can help stop symptoms like bleeding gums, bad breath, loose teeth, and gum recession. Scaling and root planing gets your oral health back on track so you can have a beautiful smile. Schedule an appointment with us today.