Scaling and Root Planing in Hanford

Don’t Let Gum Disease Progress

Are you experiencing signs of early-stage gum disease, such as red gums, swelling, or bleeding? If so, our Hanford dentist can help. Don’t let gum disease progress into later stages and cause further issues, including tooth loss. Scaling and root planing can help alleviate the plaque and tartar buildup and reverse the effects of early-stage gum disease.

If you’re experiencing gum disease symptoms, contact our Hanford dentist today by calling (559) 584-4439 to schedule an appointment.

What Is Scaling and Root Planing?

Scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning, is a non-surgical procedure used to treat periodontal disease. It involves the removal of plaque and tartar that’s built up below the gum line and smoothes out the tooth root to prevent further bacterial growth. The scaling and root planing processes are performed together to improve oral health and prevent gum disease from progressing.

  1. Scaling: Our dentist or dental hygienist uses a hand instrument or ultrasonic device to remove plaque and tartar from the crowns of the teeth and below the gum line.
  2. Root planing: They’ll use a smooth instrument to smooth the root surfaces of the teeth. This helps the gums reattach to the teeth.

patient showing red, bleeding gums

The Benefits of Scaling & Root Planing

For those showing signs of early-stage gum disease, scaling and root planing can provide you with the following benefits:

  • Prevents gum disease from progressing into periodontitis
  • Reduces the risk of tooth loss
  • Eliminates bad breath
  • Improves overall oral health
  • Can save you money on future dental treatments
  • Decreases gum bleeding

When Is Scaling and Root Planing Necessary?

Scaling and root planing are necessary when there’s an excessive build-up of plaque and tartar that has caused gum inflammation, bleeding, and even bone loss. A deep cleaning may be recommended if:

  • There’s moderate to severe gum disease, also known as periodontitis.
  • There’s a significant amount of plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth and gums.
  • There’s bleeding, inflammation, and recession of the gums.
  • When there are deep pockets between the teeth and gums that have formed due to gum disease.
  • When some loose teeth or teeth have shifted due to gum disease.

If you’re experiencing any of the above, please contact our dentist in Hanford today for an appointment.

How the Scaling and Root Planing Processes Work

The scaling and root planing procedure can be completed through the following steps:

  1. Evaluation: Our dentist will evaluate the extent of gum disease through dental X-rays and measurements of the gum pockets.
  2. Local Anesthetic: We’ll use a local anesthetic, or another form of dental sedation, to numb the area before starting the procedure.
  3. Scaling: Our dentist will use special tools to remove the plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces and below the gum line. This is also known as dental scaling.
  4. Root Planing: The tooth root can become rough due to uneven plaque and tartar buildup. Dr. Jack Nagrani will smooth out the rough surfaces of the tooth root to prevent further bacterial growth and encourage the gums to reattach to the teeth.
  5. Antibacterial Rinse: An antibacterial rinse will be given to you to help flush out any remaining bacteria.

Scaling and Root Planing Aftercare

After your scaling and root planing procedure, you’ll want to take care of your oral health to ensure the gum disease doesn’t come back. Dr. Jack Nagrani may recommend doing the following:

  • Follow a good oral hygiene routine, including brushing twice a day and flossing daily.
  • Use an antibacterial mouthwash as prescribed by your dentist.
  • Avoid eating hard, crunchy, or sticky foods for a few days.
  • Attend regular dental checkups to monitor your oral health.

Scaling and Root Planing Risks

Like any dental procedure, there are some risks patients should be aware of. Risks associated with deep cleanings include:

  • Sensitivity: After scaling and root planing, you may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, as well as sweet or sour foods. This usually subsides within a few days to a week.
  • Gum Recession: In some cases, deep cleanings can cause the gums to recede, or pull away from the teeth. This can make the teeth appear longer and expose the tooth roots, which can be sensitive to cold temperatures.
  • Infection: Dental scaling and root planing involve removing bacteria from the gums and teeth. However, in some cases, the procedure can introduce bacteria into the bloodstream, which can potentially cause infections in other parts of the body.
  • Pain: Some patients may experience discomfort or pain during and after a deep cleaning. This is usually mild and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.

young woman getting her teeth examined at the dentist

Frequently Asked Questions

Is scaling and root planing painful?

No, the scaling and root planing procedure is generally painless. Your dentist will use a local anesthetic, or another form of dental sedation depending on your needs, to numb the area and minimize any discomfort.

How long does the scaling and root planing procedure take?

The duration of the procedure depends on the condition of your oral health, but it usually takes one to two hours and multiple sessions. Your dentist will examine the condition of your oral health and will provide an estimated timeline. Depending on the progression of your periodontal disease, it may take more than one scaling and root planing appointment to reverse its effects.

Can a scaling and root planing treatment cure periodontal disease?

Scaling and root planing can help to manage periodontal disease, but it’s not a cure. It’s essential to maintain good oral hygiene and keep up with regular dental visits to reduce the risk of periodontal disease recurrence.

Does insurance cover scaling and root planing treatment?

Many dental insurance plans cover the cost of scaling and root planing, but it’s best to check with your provider to confirm your coverage. If the coverage isn’t enough, ask your dentist if their office provides special discounts or financing options.

Reverse Your Periodontal Disease With Our Hanford Dentist

We can effectively treat your periodontal disease with a scaling and root planing treatment. This type of deep cleaning can help improve your oral health and prevent tooth loss. If you suspect you have gum disease, seek prompt treatment from our dentist. Contact our dentist in Hanford to schedule your appointment today!

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