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Scaling & Root Planing in Richmond, TX

Here at Smile Solutions Richmond, we offer our scaling and root planing services to patients who are seeking a ‘deep cleaning’ remedy to remove both plaque and tartar buildup.

This procedure will be recommended by one of our dentists following a thorough dental exam, which could also include X-Rays. This treatment is required if periodontal disease is present and is often the first port of call for combatting moderate to severe periodontal disease or Gingivitis.

Whether this treatment is used alone or as a preventative, Smile Solution Richmond is here to bring back your glowing smile!

What Is Scaling And Root Planing?

Otherwise known as ‘oral deep cleaning’, this is a non-surgical dental procedure we offer to patients who are experiencing types of gum disease.  

This cleaning process involves the removal of plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) from above and below the gum line, including the pockets positioned around a tooth which can become inflamed from the buildup.

After a thorough examination of your mouth, this treatment will be recommended to help improve your gums health. Depending, on the progression of either diseases or the condition of your gums, local anesthetic may be applied to improve a patient’s comfort.

What Happens During Teeth Scaling?

During the scaling process, we scrape away all of the calculus and plaque which has attached itself onto a tooth’s surface, specifically focusing on the gum line and along the roots.

Our dentists are highly qualified and trained to carry this out with minimal pain and distress caused.

We will use a specific tool called an ultrasonic scaling tool and use a special irrigation process which helps to provide antibacterial substance below your gum line which reduces unwanted oral bacteria, which can lead to infection.

What Happens During Root Planing?

Following the tooth planing, the next stage of the treatment is root planing, which involves removing all cementum and surface dentin which has become embedded with tartar and bacteria! This process will smooth your root down to promote healing and reduce bacteria from building up.

Why Do I Need Teeth Scaling And Planing Treatment?

If you have concerns about your dental health, especially your gums, and you are suffering from pain, bleeding teeth, or halitosis (bad breath), this treatment is for you. Gum disease is a serious condition which can result in damage to both gum tissue and the bones supporting your teeth, if left untreated.

Here at Smile Solution Richmond, we want to bring back a smile which you are proud of - this treatment can do just that!

One of the biggest benefits of this treatment is the prevention of gum disease. The Smile Solutions Richmond team can identify the early signs of the periodontal or gingivitis diseases, meaning we can act before symptoms progress and become painful to the point of being detrimental to your dental health.

Research has shown that infections within your mouth due to these diseases can in fact travel through your bloodstream and affect other areas of your body.

So before you ignore that bleeding gum or bad breath, come to Smile Solution Richmond to have your teeth and gums checked by a professional.

Another benefit to this treatment is the reduced risk of tooth loss as it addresses what can happen when bacteria build up in the gum pockets and increases your periodontal disease symptoms. This will induce your body’s natural defense reaction, which is the chronic inflammatory response, to destroy the gingival and bone tissue, resulting in tooth loss.

As we mentioned previously, this disease can lead to bad breath, caused by food collecting in your gum pockets. Not only is this unpleasant for you but will make you paranoid and anxious around other people.

Allow us to fix this for you with our scaling and planing treatment and as an extra bonus, superficial stains will be removed off your teeth as well.

What Are The Benefits Of Tooth Scaling And Root Planing?

The main benefits of having this dental procedure are:

  • Improved gum health
  • Reduced inflammation on the gum line and gum pockets
  • Reduced risk of tooth loss or infection
  • Fresher breath
  • Better overall oral health

How Many Appointments Will I Need For Tooth Scaling And Root Planing?

The number of appointments required may vary depending on the severity of your gum disease, with more advanced cases requiring multiple appointments to achieve the desired results.

There will be an initial consultation, followed by an oral review and then this dental procedure.

What To Expect After The Tooth Scaling And Root Planing Procedure?

Following the completion of this dental procedure, patients can expect some gum soreness and sensitivity which is normal and should subside within a week.

We will provide all patients with instructions on pain management and oral hygiene techniques which will help the healing process.

Alongside these instructions you will be required to attend follow-up appointments as these are crucial to monitor your progress and ensure that your gums are returning to a healthy state.

Other Questions

If you still haven’t decided whether getting a scaling and root planing treatment is right for you, don’t hesitate to get in touch and see what we can offer to meet your needs!

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