Scaling and Root Planing Overview
When you have developed symptoms of gum (periodontal) disease, a regular cleaning might not be sufficient. The earliest stage of gum disease, gingivitis, can commonly be corrected with scaling and root planing (SRP). This is a noninvasive procedure performed by leading dentist Dr. Dieter Burr to help eliminate gingivitis by removing plaque and tartar that has built up under the gumline. Using special tools, an SRP treatment at Advanced Dental Care cleans the gum pockets then smoothes the teeth to prevent future buildup. If you are concerned about your gums learn more about SRP treatments at Advanced Dental Care in Cocoa, FL.
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Best Candidates for Scaling and Root Planing
During your dental exam, Dr. Burr will measure the depth of your gum pockets. If the pockets, also known as sulcus, are greater than three millimeters, a scaling and root planing treatment might be recommended. SRP will help to reduce the size of your gum pockets so plaque and bacteria can't collect in this area, which leads to the initial stage of gum disease (gingivitis). Some of the early symptoms of gingivitis are chronic bad breath, as well as gums that bleed easily, are tender, swollen, appear red, or are starting to recede. If gingivitis is discovered in the early stages, one or more SRP procedures can eliminate symptoms; however, if gum disease has progressed to later stages (periodontitis or advanced periodontitis), then you may require more extensive procedures.
What To Expect with Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a deep periodontal cleaning that can be done in our office with local anesthesia to numb the areas being treated. We may also recommend one of our sedation dentistry techniques if you feel worried about having this procedure. Dr. Burr will use a scaling instrument to clean out built-up plaque and tartar in your gum pockets. Dr. Burr will then smooth or plane the surface of the tooth to reduce the number of areas where plaque and tartar can become trapped to prevent future buildup.
Scaling and Root Planing Recovery
After your SRP treatment, you may notice increased gum and tooth sensitivity, as well as some numbness from the local anesthetic. Dr. Burr may prescribe antibiotics to help eliminate any remaining bacteria from your gums. You should stick to a good oral care routine at home, including proper brushing and flossing, to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. You also need to schedule annual dental exams so Dr. Burr can assess the health of your gums and teeth plus bi-annual appointments to have your mouth professionally cleaned. Depending on the original condition of your gums and your home care after an SRP treatment, you may need two or three more SRP treatments to completely restore your mouth.
Scaling and Root Planing Insurance Coverage
Scaling and root planing is a common procedure for the treatment of gum disease that is normally covered in part by dental insurance. A member of our team can contact your carrier to ascertain your coverage and personal costs. If you do not have dental insurance, Advanced Dental Care accepts several payment methods, including medical financing that can be talked about during your consultation.
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SRP for Gum Disease Treatment
Gingivitis can become painful and dangerous to your health, so if you are experiencing signs please schedule an exam with Dr. Burr at his office in Cocoa, FL. The earliest stage of gum disease, gingivitis, can typically be treated with a simple scaling and root planing treatment at Advanced Dental Care. Please contact us to schedule an appointment or get more info.
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