Got Gum Disease? Try Scaling and Root Planing

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Do you ever experience constant bad breath and bleeding or receding gums? If so, you might be a victim of gum disease, and you need to be treated as soon as possible. One treatment that we offer at KC Smile Doc is scaling and root planing, which is a deep-cleaning routine that will help your gums, teeth, and underlying bone heal from the damage of gum disease.

Why do I need this treatment?
When you are suffering from gum disease, the plaque on your smile will severely irritate your gums, making them pull back from your teeth. When this happens, pockets form between your teeth and gums, allowing bacteria and other harmful particles to gather there. The scaling and root planing treatment cleans these pockets to eliminate the continuation of gum disease. If the pockets are left untreated, the disease could advance, resulting in bone deterioration and tooth loss.

What is the process of scaling and root planing?
The process of this treatment involves two parts: the scaling and the root planing. The scaling involves your dentist removing the plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline. Dr. J. Richard Burch will make sure to clean every spot that could be harboring harmful particles. Then, he will start the root planing, which is a process that involves your dentist smoothing the surfaces of your tooth roots so the gums can reattach once again. This treatment might require a couple of visits to complete, and your dentist will more than likely give you a local anesthetic to help you through the appointment.

How should I care for my smile after treatment?
Recovery is very important when it comes to the scaling and root planing treatment. After the appointment, your gums might bleed or swell a bit, which is completely normal. You dentist will medicate the pockets of your mouth to help with this. Your dentist might also prescribe an oral medication or mouth rinse to you if it’s necessary. These products will help with the pain and discomfort you might experience.

So, if you experience the mentioned symptoms, we strongly encourage you to call our office today at 816-822-0990 and schedule an appointment immediately. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to saving your smile!