Scaling and root planing at our Franklin Square, NY, practice is a conservative yet highly effective way to manage gum disease. For some patients, this treatment can restore periodontal health so that oral surgery becomes unnecessary. Drs. Steven M. Katz, Sultan S. Salem, and Dilmarys J. Peña often employ dental lasers to perform this treatment with minimal discomfort. During the procedure at Smiles on Broadway, your dentist will use the laser to destroy oral bacteria and remove diseased tissue. If you are suffering from moderate to advanced gum disease, scaling and root planing can help restore your oral health before other costly restorative procedures are required.
Are You a Candidate for Scaling and Root Planing?
Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, develops when bacteria accumulates in your gums. As it forms pockets around your tooth roots, it causes the tissues to pull away from your teeth and jawbone. Initial symptoms include inflammation, redness, and bleeding. However, as the disease progresses, you could also suffer from tooth loss, visible gum recession, and jawbone degeneration.
Dr. Katz, Dr. Salem, or Dr. Peña will conduct a thorough evaluation to determine the extent of your gum disease. Then he or she can decide whether scaling and root planing is the right treatment for you. We always want to treat gum disease as early as possible so we can prevent tooth loss and extensive soft tissue damage that would eventually require surgery.
What Happens during Scaling and Root Planing?
Prior to scaling and root planing, your dentist will numb your gums with a local anesthetic. When you are completely comfortable, your doctor will shine a soft tissue laser in the pockets of bacteria, destroying the microbes on contact while having very little impact on the healthy parts of your gums. After all unhealthy bacteria has been eradicated, your practitioner will smooth your tooth roots, a process that prevents bacteria from coming back.
Scaling and root planing is a conservative yet highly effective way to manage gum disease. For some patients, this treatment can restore periodontal health so that oral surgery becomes unnecessary.
Maintaining Your Oral Health after Treatment
While scaling and planing can effectively treat periodontitis, there is no cure for the condition. Therefore, it is vital that you maintain meticulous oral hygiene after your treatment. Not only should you brush and floss your teeth daily, you should also schedule regular exams and cleanings at our office. In fact, if you have been diagnosed with gum disease, we typically recommend more than the standard two visits per year.
If you have advanced gum disease, scaling and root planing may be the first stage in a comprehensive periodontal treatment plan. Your dentist can evaluate your oral health to determine if you require additional care. Our oral surgeons are highly experienced and can perform every stage of your treatment in one convenient location.
Improve Your Periodontal Health
If you are suffering from bleeding gums, bad breath, or other symptoms of periodontitis, you may require scaling and root planing to treat it. Contact our office online to schedule a consultation, or call us at (516) 599-0883.