Dental Scaling and Root Planing (SRP)
The Symptoms of Gingivitis & Periodontal disease
Gingivitis & Periodontal disease is a type of degenerative gum disease that if left untreated will cause significant deterioration of the gums and teeth. Just the term gingivitis and Periodontal disease can scare patients, but the reality is that it can be easily treated by a general dentistry professional and their hygiene department.
Scaling and root planing is one of the most effective professional hygiene methods to treat gum disease before it is too late. Scaling and root planing is normally required when the gums have started to pull away from the teeth or if the roots of the teeth have hard mineral deposits on them. The procedure is a method that cleans in between the gums and teeth all the way down to the root. Plaque and tartar can gather in these areas, providing an environment for bacteria to thrive and grow. The bacteria can cause gums to swell, bleed, and become uncomfortable for the patient. Bleeding comes can become more noticeable when patients brush their teeth or eat and drink. This is a sign of early gingivitis, but it can be treated by having a dental hygienist scale and polish the teeth.
Finding the Best Treatment For You
Dr. Corsello, a general dentistry professional in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, along with his hygiene department can effectively treat gingivitis and Periodontal disease with scaling and root planing. Scaling, as mentioned, is removing the plaque and dental tartar from the tooth’s surface. Root planing is the process of smoothing the root surface and removing an infected area.
A general dentistry professional, like Dr. Corsello, can perform scaling and root planing in a non-surgical environment with no anesthesia. Normally, the procedure is completely painless. However, advanced stages of Periodontitis may require numbing the area to make it more comfortable for the patient. If deep scaling and root planing is required, it may be broken down into one section of the mouth per appointment. This lets the teeth have adequate healing time and reduces the appointment time to a more manageable session.
An antibiotic may be placed into periodontal pockets surrounding the teeth to help kill bacteria in the gums and reduce the swelling.
Gum and tooth disease can keep you from enjoying life to the fullest. Northland Dental Medicine is one of Pittsburgh’s most trusted practitioners of dental medicine, and we’ll make sure you’re never afraid to smile again. Call today!
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