It is estimated that nearly half of adults in the U.S. suffer from some form of gum disease. Left untreated, this condition can lead to devastating consequences for oral and overall health. Fortunately, battling gum disease usually isn’t too difficult for most people. One treatment that is often able to help is known as scaling and root planing in Reynoldsburg. This minimally invasive procedure can rid your mouth of harmful bacteria and allow your gums to heal.
Scaling and root planing is also known as a “deep cleaning” of the mouth. During the procedure, we clear plaque away from both above and below the gumline — this is the scaling part of the treatment. Root planing involves smoothing out the roots of teeth so it is more difficult for bacteria to cling to them.
Dr. Mick can help you determine if scaling and root planing is the best way to address your gum disease. In some cases, simple changes to oral hygiene are enough to reverse gum disease, while in other cases, extensive surgical treatment is required. Scaling and root planing falls between these two extremes.
You should definitely come in for a periodontal (gum) checkup if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:
We want to make sure you are comfortable, so we will numb your mouth at the beginning of your appointment. In some cases, we also use sedation. We’ll use special tools to scrape bacteria off of the teeth and smooth out your tooth roots. You might feel some pressure as we are working, but you should not experience any significant pain. Finishing your treatment might require multiple appointments.
After scaling and root planing, your gums and teeth may be sore and extra sensitive. These side effects may linger for a few weeks, but they should eventually fade away. In the meantime, you may need to limit your intake of acidic, hot, and cold foods.
Some benefits of scaling and root planing include:
The cost of scaling and root planing depends on a few different factors, including the extent of the gum disease and the type of sedation used. Our team can provide you with a cost estimate when you come in for your consultation. We will also be happy to help you file insurance claims. If necessary, we can help you apply for a low-interest or no-interest payment plan through CareCredit.