If you've developed signs of periodontal (gum) disease, a normal cleaning may not be enough to restore your oral health. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. Left untreated, it can progress to periodontitis, a more concerning condition. The periodontitis stage of gum disease is typically treated with a nonsurgical procedure known as scaling and root planing (SRP). This is a simple procedure performed by our highly skilled team at West Bridgewater Dental. It helps treat periodontal disease by removing tartar and plaque bacteria from below the gumline. Using specific instruments, we perform a scaling and root planing treatment by cleaning under the gumline, then smoothing the surfaces of your teeth to encourage gum health. If you're worried about your gums, find out more about SRP from our West Bridgewater, MA team today.
At your dental examination, our multi-specialty team will assess the depth of your gum pockets and evaluate the health of your jawbone by reviewing your x-rays. If gum pockets, or the spaces between your teeth and gums, are more than three millimeters deep and bone loss is present, then scaling and root planing therapy could be recommended. SRP can help to decrease the depth of the gum pockets to minimize the amount of plaque bacteria that accumulates in this region. Early signs of periodontal disease include bad breath and gums that are tender, swollen, bleed easily, look red, or have begun to recede. When periodontal disease is diagnosed early on, scaling and root planing therapy can improve your gum health. However, when periodontal disease has reached the advanced periodontitis stage, then you might need more comprehensive therapy.
What To Expect
SRP is a deep cleaning that may be performed in our office using local anesthesia in the areas of your mouth being addressed. We might also suggest sedation methods if you are feeling stressed about having SRP. Our team will utilize scaling and ultrasonic tools to clean the tartar and plaque from below the gumline. We'll then subsequently plane or smooth the root surfaces of the teeth, which encourages the gums to heal and helps reduce the depths of periodontal pockets.
Following your SRP therapy, you might have greater tooth and gum sensitivity in addition to some tingling from the local anesthesia. Our dentists may recommend localized antibiotics to help minimize bacterial growth. You should adhere to a good brushing and flossing regimen at home to keep your gums and teeth healthy and clean. It's also important to schedule yearly dental examinations so our skilled dentists can evaluate the health of your teeth and gums. Once your SRP therapy is complete, our dentists may recommend a periodontal maintenance program that includes cleanings and gum evaluations every 3 – 4 months. Periodontal maintenance helps to maintain gum health and to keep the disease from becoming active once again.
SRP is a very common procedure for treating gum disease that's generally paid for in part by dental insurance. Our team will get in touch with your provider to review your policy and determine your individual expenses. We accept several convenient payment methods, including low-interest financing, which can help to offset the cost of care if you aren't using dental insurance.
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Scaling and Root Planing
Periodontal disease may become dangerous for your health if left untreated. If you're experiencing the symptoms of gum disease, please schedule an appointment with our experienced team in West Bridgewater, MA. The periodontitis stage of gum disease is often addressed using nonsurgical scaling and root planing therapy. Please contact our team today to schedule an appointment or to receive additional details.