Scaling and Root Planing

Periodontal Therapy in Coppell, TX

If you have developed symptoms of gum (periodontal) disease, a regular dental cleaning might not be enough. The earliest stage of gum disease, gingivitis, is typically treated with scaling and root planing (SRP), a simple procedure that helps eliminate periodontal disease by removing built-up plaque and tartar from around and under the gumline. An SRP treatment uses special tools to clean under the gumline then smooth the teeth to prevent future buildup. If you are concerned about your gums, learn more about SRP at James Peterson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Coppell, TX.

Best Candidates for SRP

During your dental exam, Dr. Peterson will assess the depth of your gum pockets. If the pockets are more than three millimeters deep, it is a sign of gingivitis, and a scaling and root planing treatment may be recommended. SRP can help reduce the size of your gum pockets so plaque and bacteria can no longer collect in them and cause gum irritation. Some of the early symptoms of periodontal disease are loose teeth and gums that are tender, swollen, bleed easily, appear red, or start to recede. If Dr. Peterson diagnoses gum disease at the earliest stage, one or more SRP therapies can restore your gums to health. However, if gum disease has progressed to a later stage (periodontitis or advanced periodontitis), then you may require alternative procedures.

What To Expect

During a scaling and root planing procedure, Dr. Peterson will begin by using a scaling instrument to clean out built-up plaque and tartar in your gum pockets. He will then smooth, or plane, the outside of the tooth to reduce the number of areas where plaque and tartar can become trapped to prevent future buildup.

Recovery & After Care

Following your SRP treatment, your gums will be tender for a day or so. Over-the-counter pain relievers are usually sufficient to keep you comfortable. You will want to eat soft, colder foods until the sensitivity starts to subside. If Dr. Peterson prescribed antibiotics, be sure to take them as instructed. Depending on the original condition of your gums and your home care after an SRP treatment, you may need additional SRP treatments to totally restore your gums.

Once your gum health has been fully restored, to prevent gum disease from coming back, it is essential to stick to a good oral care routine at home, including proper brushing and flossing. You should also continue to schedule cleanings and exams as Dr. Peterson recommends so he can monitor the health of your gums and teeth.

Scaling and Root Planing

Periodontal disease can become painful and dangerous to your health, so if you are experiencing symptoms, then please schedule an exam with Dr. Peterson at his office in Coppell, TX.

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