If you have periodontal (gum) disease, a normal cleaning might not be adequate enough to address your oral health needs. The beginning stage of gum disease, gingivitis, can often be treated with thorough cleanings and improved home care efforts. But when gum disease progresses to the periodontitis stage, scaling and root planing (SRP) therapy may be necessary to treat your periodontal needs. This noninvasive procedure at Premier Periodontics is performed to stop gum disease from causing further damage in your mouth by removing built-up tartar and plaque from the under the gumline. With specialized instruments and highly skilled technique, scaling and root planing treatment from our experienced team smoothes the root surfaces of your teeth, creating clean surfaces to which your gums can heal and reattach. To keep gum disease from placing your health at further risk, get in touch with our Bellevue, WA periodontal practice and schedule your treatment consultation today.
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Patients who require scaling and root planing to treat periodontitis often have symptoms, like bleeding or swollen gums, bad breath, and gums that are starting to pull away from the teeth (gum recession). During your periodontal examination, our team will measure the depth of your periodontal pockets (spaces between the gums and teeth). In the event that your pockets are deeper than three millimeters and bone loss in your jaw can be seen on your x-rays, a scaling and root planing treatment may be recommended. Advanced cases gum disease may require a more surgical approach to reach deeper areas of infection.
What To Expect
SRP is a deep cleaning that can be carried out in our office with local anesthesia to numb the areas being addressed. We may also suggest sedation techniques if you feel worried or nervous when undergoing dental care. To make your SRP procedure most effective, we may use a perioscope, which is a small camera placed beneath the gumline to allow our clinicians to see (rather than just feel) areas of plaque and tartar accumulation. Using refined technique, we will remove this buildup from the surfaces of the teeth and smooth the roots to create an even surface. We may also place a special type of antibiotic into your periodontal pockets to further minimize bacterial growth in treatment areas. As the gums heal, they should reattach to the roots and minimize the depths of the pockets between the teeth and gums. Depending on your needs, you may need between 1 – 4 visits to complete your SRP procedure.
You may notice minor gum tenderness and tooth sensitivity following your SRP procedure. It may be helpful to take over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce any discomfort. After completing your periodontal disease treatment, it is very important that you keep up with periodontal maintenance visits every 3 – 4 months. These visits may be alternated between Premier Periodontics and your general dentist and will serve to help control your gum condition and minimize the risk of further damage. Tips on how to best perform daily flossing and brushing at home will be provided by our friendly and knowledgeable team.
SRP is a very common procedure for the treatment of gum disease and is often covered in part by dental insurance. Our team will get in touch with your carrier to review your policy and estimate your individual costs. If you do not have dental insurance or have financial responsibility for your care, Premier Periodontics accepts numerous payments, including medical financing, which can be presented during your consultation.
Gum disease can be progressive and harmful to your health if left untreated. Addressing the condition as early as possible can help minimize your need for more extensive care and keep your smile in great shape over the long-term. Get in touch with Premier Periodontics in Bellevue, WA to learn more about nonsurgical SRP and other options ideal for meeting your oral health needs.