Gingivitis (the earliest stage of gum disease) is caused when plaque, bacteria, and acid build up in the gum pockets (where the teeth and gums meet), which leads to gum inflammation, bleeding, chronic bad breath, a receding gumline, and other problems. The most common procedure to treat gingivitis is scaling and root planing (SRP), which restores the health of the gums and teeth by deep cleaning below the gumline, then evening the surface of the tooth to minimize future build up. After one or several scaling and root planing procedures at DentalWorks - Greensboro in Greensboro, NC by our dentists, the gums and teeth are usually restored to health and the patient's symptoms will begin to clear.
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For the scaling and root planing procedure, our dentists will apply local anesthesia on the areas being treated. Sedation may be added to help the patient remain calm and comfortable during the procedure. To reach all areas of the gum pockets and remove the plaque and tartar that has built up, our dentists will use a manual scaling tool or an ultrasonic cleaner. After the gum pocket is cleaned, our dentists will minimize the areas where plaque and tartar can become trapped by planing (smoothing) the surface of the tooth. After the procedure, the gums will begin to heal and reattach properly to the tooth root. Some patients may need more than one treatment to get their best results.
After the scaling and root planing treatment is done, patients might experience some inflammation or bleeding of the gums for a few days. To keep the gums and teeth clean after the scaling and root planing procedure, patients should talk about proper techniques for brushing and flossing so they can establish a good home care routine. Patients should also be sure to schedule dental exams at least once a year at DentalWorks - Greensboro or as recommended by our dentists. Our dentists will usually schedule a follow up appointment 2 - 4 months after the procedure to check the patient's progress.
Since scaling and root planing is usually a medically necessary treatment for gum disease, most dental insurance companies will cover some or all of the cost of the procedure. DentalWorks - Greensboro will contact the patient's insurance company to determine their specific coverage and out-of-pocket expenses. Patients can also discuss payment options and financing plans while they have their consultation with our dentists.
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To prevent more advanced stages of gum disease, scaling and root planing at DentalWorks - Greensboro in Greensboro, NC is an effective, nonsurgical treatment that can help to stop symptoms like bleeding gums, bad breath, loose teeth, and gum recession. Scaling and root planing by our dentists get your oral health back on track so you can have a beautiful, healthy smile.