Scaling and Root Planing Overview
To help patients enjoy a healthy smile, Dr. Tuan (Anthony) Ly offers non-surgical procedures that improve your periodontal health. If you have been diagnosed with the periodontitis stage of gum disease, scaling and root planing (SRP) is an effective therapeutic approach to preventing the disease from causing further damage. When harmful bacteria lead to bone loss in the jaw, periodontitis develops, damaging the foundational structure for your teeth. Bacteria, plaque, and tartar accumulate and hide below the gumline, and a scaling and root planing treatment works to remove these deposits using special dental tools. Dr. Ly encourages healing by smoothing the root surfaces and minimizing the gaps between the teeth and gums. Patients who experience symptoms regarding the gums, including inflammation, bleeding, and gum recession should reach out to our office in Missouri City, TX right away for an assessment.
Best Candidates for Scaling and Root Planing
When left untreated, gum disease can break down or destroy the gums and supporting bone around the teeth. If you have symptoms such as chronic bad breath, tenderness, bleeding, or inflammation, this may be an indication of disease-causing bacteria. To fully understand your periodontal health, Dr. Ly will take low-radiation digital x-rays and measure the gaps between your teeth and gums. These images will show our team whether periodontitis has caused bone loss, while the measurements help us understand if your periodontal pockets are deeper than 3mm, which may indicate gum disease. To bring the health back to your smile, Made Ya Smile may suggest scaling and root planing. If the disease is more advanced, we may recommend a surgical procedure instead.
What To Expect with Scaling and Root Planing
Based on the state of your periodontal infection, scaling and root planing can be performed by Dr. Ly in just 1 – 4 visits. Our staff always puts your comfort and safety first, so we provide you with sedation services if you suffer from anxiety or fear of a dental procedure. To begin, we numb the gum tissues with a local anesthetic to prepare your mouth for the scaling and root planing treatment. Made Ya Smile will then remove any plaque or tartar lying beneath the surface of the gums, then flush the pockets to remove any debris. To control the growth of bacteria, Dr. Ly may place antibiotics in the pockets afterward. Seeking care for periodontitis early can help you manage your oral health and protect your teeth from bone loss, as well as other concerns.
Scaling and Root Planing Recovery
After the procedure is complete, Dr. Ly and his team of hygienists will provide you with information about managing post-op discomfort or pain in the teeth and gums. You may feel sensitivity and gum tenderness for a few days after your care. SRP can help eliminate tartar and plaque so your infected gums can heal, allowing them to reattach to your teeth. This process also minimizes the depth of your periodontal pockets, where bacteria can cause damage. We will instruct you to brush and floss every day to keep the teeth clean and prevent infections from recurring. For the sake of your periodontal health, Made Ya Smile will also demonstrate the best techniques for cleaning. We may also suggest returning to our facility every 3 – 4 months so Dr. Ly can monitor your overall progress.
Scaling and Root Planing Insurance Coverage
Periodontal treatment such as root scaling and planing can be covered by most dental insurance providers. At Made Ya Smile, our business staff will contact your insurer concerning your benefits and out-of-pocket costs, then review these costs with you before we begin any procedures. We also offer a few easy options for payment, including low-interest financing with CareCredit®, to make treatment more affordable. Our team is happy to work with you and your family to find the right solution.
Scaling and Root Planing
Recognizing the symptoms and getting the care you need as early as possible is the key to protecting your smile and preventing bone loss. While periodontitis cannot be cured, it can be easily managed with the right team by your side. Allow Dr. Ly and the caring staff at Made Ya Smile to treat your periodontitis with a scaling and root planing procedure in Missouri City, TX. If you have concerning signs such as bleeding, inflammation, or chronic bad breath, reach out to our team immediately for personalized care.