Have you noticed bleeding in your gums while brushing? Are your teeth loose? You might be having gum disease.
Gum disease is the infection of the gums caused by poor oral hygiene. If you have any signs of gum disease such as bleeding gums, bad breath, gum recession or loose teeth, you should contact a dentist near you immediately. If left untreated, it can lead to pus, loss of bone and even loss of your teeth.
Scaling and root planing is one of the simplest and most effective non-surgical ways of treating gum disease. At So Good Dental, our board-certified dentist provides scaling and root planing near you to treat gum disease and maintain your oral health.
Scaling and root planing is also known as a deep cleaning procedure. It differs from your routine bi-annual cleaning. You will typically need 2-3 appointments of one hour each to complete the treatment.
Our dentist in Fort Lee, NJ, will first examine all your teeth and take x-rays to determine if scaling and root planing is the right treatment option for you. You will be given a local anesthesia during the procedure.
Scaling of teeth involves removing plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline using either hand instruments or ultrasonic scaler. Next, root planing is performed in which the exposed roots are smoothened. This helps the gum tissue to reattach to the teeth.
You might experience some bleeding or swelling for a few days after the procedure. Our dentist will prescribe pain medication to control the pain and you will be given post-operative instructions to follow. Follow dietary advice and have soft foods for a few days. Avoid smoking and rigorous physical activity. Try to maintain good oral hygiene with gentle brushing.
If you have any concerns, do not hesitate to call us. Your follow-up appointment will be scheduled approximately 2-4 weeks after the procedure. We also recommend regular check-ups every 3-4 months to maintain gum health.
Call So Good Dental to schedule an appointment!