Scaling and Root Planing in Brunswick

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Bellissimi Dental provides scaling and root planing in Brunswick, OH. To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 330-741-3334.

When it comes to gum disease, we frequently use scaling and root planing as our first line of treatment. Periodontal disease can often be reversed with this simple, non-surgical procedure before permanent damage to the gums and teeth occurs. 

Deep periodontal pockets where plaque and calculus accumulate develop when gum disease is left untreated. These pockets contain bacteria that attacks the jawbone and other supporting tissues, causing bone and tooth loss. This is why it’s important to take a proactive approach to treating gum disease.

Scaling and root planing, also known as deep cleaning, is a two-step process that starts with scaling, or removing plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces above and just below the gum line, as well as the periodontal pockets. Local anesthesia is used to keep you comfortable during the procedure. When needed, your dentist may place an antibiotic medication in the periodontal pockets to facilitate healing.

Root planing is done after the tooth surfaces and periodontal pockets have been cleaned. Smoothing the roots of your teeth allows your gums to reattach, preventing new plaque and bacteria from collecting in the periodontal pockets.

Scaling and root planing may only require one visit, but in some cases a few visits are needed in order to reverse gum disease. Once your gums are no longer actively infected, you'll begin a periodontal maintenance program to maintain your oral health.

Frequently Asked Questions About Scaling and Root Planing

Is scaling and root planing painful?

Scaling and root planing is not a painful treatment. We numb the affected areas with local anesthetic so you won't feel any discomfort. You will experience some tenderness and sensitivity as the local anesthetic wears off after your appointment, but this can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication.

Does scaling and root planing work?

Yes, scaling and root planing is the gold standard for periodontal disease treatment. Although more advanced cases of gum disease often need osseous surgery, most early stage cases of gum disease can be effectively treated with scaling and root planing.

Do gums grow back after scaling and root planing?

Gum tissue lost to infection will not regrow, but after root planing, your gums will reattach to the roots of your teeth, sealing the periodontal pockets. Once your infection has healed, we can determine whether gum grafts are needed.

Are deep cleanings worth it?

Yes, deep cleaning is worth it. Gum recession, jaw bone loss, and tooth loss may all result from untreated periodontal disease. Scaling and root planing is a simple treatment that keeps gum disease from getting worse and damaging your teeth, gums, and jaw.

How long do gums take to heal after deep cleaning?

Your gums can take up to a week to fully heal after a deep cleaning.

To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 330-741-3334.