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Scaling and Root Planing --- Oklahoma City, OK

Save Your Smile with a Deep Cleaning

Besides tooth decay, gum disease is the biggest threat to your oral health. The infection destroys the supporting structures of your teeth, eventually leading to tooth loss. It can also impact your general health as the bacteria from the infection enters your bloodstream. Although gum disease is preventable with the right oral hygiene habits and care from your dentist, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates at least 50% of Americans have a form of it. If you are among those whose oral has been compromised by it, Dr. Isaacson can save your smile with gum disease treatment in Oklahoma City using scaling and root planing.

What are Scaling and Root Planing?

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More commonly referred to as a deep cleaning, scaling and root planing are often the first course of action to stop gum disease in its tracks. The treatment actually involves two different procedures to clean the gingival pockets and smooth the root surfaces using special dental instruments. After the buildup is removed, it stops the spread of the infection while also allowing the gingival tissue to adhere to the teeth again.

How Can Scaling and Root Planing Help Me?

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Gum disease is the result of tartar buildup near the gum line caused by poor oral hygiene habits that didn’t effectively remove plaque. The accumulation harbors bacteria, which irritates and infects the gum tissue. During the early stage of the disease (gingivitis) a deep cleaning removes the buildup to prevent irreversible complications, like tooth loss.

How are Scaling and Root Planing Performed?

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A deep cleaning is a nonsurgical treatment that is completed in 1 or 2 appointments depending on your specific treatment plan. Dr. Isaacson may apply an anesthetic to minimize any sensitivity or discomfort you feel during the procedures.

First, scaling is performed, which uses a special dental tool to remove tartar and clean the gingival pockets. Then, another dental tool is used for the root planing, which smooths the root surfaces. This discourages future buildup while encouraging the gingival tissue to reattach to the teeth to seal out bacteria.

What Can I Expect After the Treatment?

After the procedures, it’s normal for your gum tissue to be a bit tender or swollen for a few days. You may also have some tooth sensitivity, so you may want to avoid hot or cold foods and drinks until it subsides. While your gum tissue heals, you’ll need to maintain your oral hygiene, but be careful not to injure or irritate the healing tissue.

To ensure your gums stay healthy, Dr. Isaacson will recommend you have more frequent dental appointments for periodontal maintenance. By having a professional dental cleaning about every 3 to 4 months, it will prevent new buildup to reduce your risk of reinfection.

Schedule an Appointment Today!

If you have red, swollen, or bleeding gums, don’t wait until it’s too late to save your smile. Your dentist in Oklahoma City, Dr. Isaacson creates the personalized treatment plan you need to reinstate a healthy smile. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for scaling and root planing.