If you've developed signs of periodontal (gum) disease, a normal cleaning may not be adequate enough to properly remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums. The first stage of periodontal disease, gingivitis, is typically corrected with scaling and root planing (SRP). This is a simple procedure done by board-certified dentist Dr. Matthew Wolfe to help eliminate periodontal disease by removing built-up tartar and plaque from the below the gumline. With specific instruments, a scaling and root planing treatment at Signature Dentistry of Rochester cleans underneath the gumline, then smooths the surface of your teeth to avoid further buildup. If you're concerned about the condition of your gums, find out more about SRP at Signature Dentistry of Rochester in Rochester Hills, MI.
At your dental examination, Dr. Wolfe will assess how deep your gum pockets are. In the event that your gum pockets, also called sulcus, exceed three millimeters deep, then a scaling and root planing therapy may be recommended. SRP can help to decrease the size of the gum pockets so bacteria and plaque cannot accumulate in this region, which contributes to the very first phase of periodontal disease, gingivitis. Early signs of periodontal disease are loose teeth and gums that are tender, swollen, bleed easily, look red, or have begun to recede. When periodontal disease is diagnosed at the onset, one or more scaling and root planing therapies can improve the condition. However, when periodontal disease has reached later phases (regular or advanced periodontitis), then you will likely need more comprehensive therapies.
What To Expect
SRP is a deep cleaning that may be carried out in our office using local anesthesia on the areas of your mouth being addressed. We can also suggest sedation methods if you experience significant anxieties or express concern. Dr. Wolfe will utilize a scaling tool to clean the tartar and plaque below the gumline. He will then plane, or smooth, the outside of the enamel to decrease the number of regions where tartar and plaque can accumulate to avoid future problems.
Following your SRP therapy, you may experience increased tooth and gum sensitivity in addition to some tingling from the local anesthesia. Dr. Wolfe can write a prescription for antibiotics that will help remove any residual bacteria from the gums. You should also adhere to a good at-home oral hygiene regimen, such as daily flossing and brushing, to keep your gums and teeth healthy and clean. You also should continue to schedule your annual dental examinations so Dr. Wolfe can evaluate the health of your teeth and gums, as well as attend bi-annual dental cleanings. Based upon the initial state of your mouth and your own home care following an SRP therapy, you might need several more scaling and root planing procedures to totally restore your gums.
SRP is a very common procedure for treating gum disease that's generally paid for in part by dental insurance. Our team will get in touch with your provider to figure out your individual expenses. If you don't have dental insurance, Signature Dentistry of Rochester takes numerous payments, including low-interest financing, which can be talked about during your appointment.
Scaling and Root Planing
Periodontal disease can become dangerous and detrimental to your health. If you believe you are showing symptoms, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Wolfe at his office in Rochester Hills, MI. The first stage of periodontal disease, gingivitis, is normally corrected using a very simple SRP process at Signature Dentistry of Rochester. Please contact us to make an appointment or to receive additional details.