Do you have red, inflamed gums that won’t go away no matter what you do? It may be gum disease. We can help. Scaling and root planing is an advanced treatment option we offer in Naperville. It can clean your teeth and gums better than anything else. It can also help eliminate, maintain, and prevent advanced gum disease.
The Best Treatment for Advanced Gum Disease
If you’re like most people, you may not even know you have it. Gum disease is a sneaky condition that can progress without apparent signs or symptoms. That’s why it’s important to see Dr. Primiano or Dr. Mach for a checkup at least twice a year – even if you think your teeth are healthy.
If we do find that you have gum disease, we might start treatment with professional teeth cleaning and by helping you improve your dental hygiene habits. These can be effective ways to treat gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease.
But if gingivitis goes untreated, it can advance to periodontitis. Scaling and root planing can be the best treatment option for this advanced gum disease. It’s an excellent way to get your teeth and gums as clean and healthy as possible.
What is Scaling and Root Planing?
It’s one of the most effective ways to treat gum disease, and it can often make a dramatic difference in your oral health. Before we begin, we will ensure you are relaxed and that we have answered any of your questions. Once you are ready to start, we will use local anesthesia to make sure you’re comfortable during the procedure.
The procedure involves scaling, or a deep cleaning, both above and below the gum line to remove plaque and tartar build-up and inflammation and bacteria in the gums. It can also help remove any pockets that have formed between the teeth and gums where infectious materials can collect. Root planing smooths out the rough spots on your tooth roots. Root planing also helps remove bacteria, and the smoother root surfaces give your gums a chance to heal and reattach to your teeth, eliminating those formed pockets.
How Long Does the Process Take?
Scaling and root planing usually take one to two hours. We can usually do the procedure in one visit, but it may take two appointments if we treat a large area or your gums are very sensitive.
The Problems With Untreated Gum Disease
It’s essential to get treatment as soon as possible if you think you might have gum disease. Gum disease can lead to severe dental problems, including tooth loss and jawbone loss.
Once gum disease reaches an advanced stage, it may not be treatable. We can help you control and maintain it, but you may always have to live with it. That’s why it’s best to take good care of your teeth and gums by brushing and flossing daily and keeping current on your routine dental checkups. And when possible, undergo any treatment options which help you avoid advanced gum disease.
Gum disease can also cause widespread health problems. Research has shown that gum disease is linked to heart disease, stroke, and other health conditions.
Optimal Dental Health in Naperville With Scaling and Root Planing
You’ll be able to smile with confidence once again after we’re finished with your scaling and root planing treatment. We know it’s not the most fun procedure, but it’s one of the most important things you can do for your oral health.
Contact Naperville Family Dentists today to schedule an appointment. We’ll provide you with the treatment you need to get your dental health back on track, no matter the condition.