How is scaling and root planing essential for treating periodontal disease?
When periodontal disease has progressed into the later stages of periodontitis, it is vital patients get the treatment they need to reverse the damage and bring the smile back to health. While a deep teeth cleaning can help, no treatment is better than scaling and root planing. Dr. Erik G. Grothouse of Indianapolis, Indiana, is a dental professional who can provide this treatment for those diagnosed with gum disease.
What is scaling and root planing?
Scaling and root planing is more than just deep teeth cleaning. This particular treatment is necessary when there is a buildup of tartar and plaque below the gum line that has caused the gums to become inflamed (a condition known as gingivitis). Scaling and root planing involves removing this debris from the teeth and roots, which helps to reduce inflammation and promote healing.
How is scaling and root planing performed?
There are a few different ways that scaling and root planing can be performed, depending on the severity of the gum disease. Sometimes, it can be performed with just local anesthesia, while sedation may be necessary in other cases. The procedure itself is relatively simple and typically takes one to two hours to complete.
What can I expect after this procedure?
Recovery from scaling and root planing is generally quick and easy. You may experience minor discomfort and tenderness for a few days after the procedure, but this is easily managed with over-the-counter pain medication. In most cases, you’ll be able to resume your normal activities the very next day.
How do I know if I could benefit from this treatment?
If you have gum disease, scaling and root planing may be recommended as part of your treatment plan. This procedure can help to reduce inflammation and promote healing, leading to a healthier mouth overall. If you live in the Indianapolis, IN area, and want to speak to Dr. Grothouse and his team, about this service, call (317) 823-1780 to request an appointment at 7962 Oaklandon Road, Suite #105.