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Scaling and Root Planing in West Chester, PA

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Don’t Let Gum Disease Progress

Are you experiencing signs of early-stage gum disease, such as red gums, swelling, or bleeding? If so, our West Chester dentist, Dr. Ron Briglia, can help. Don’t let gum disease progress into later stages and cause further issues, including tooth loss. Scaling and root planing can help alleviate the plaque and tartar buildup and reverse the effects of early-stage gum disease. If you’re experiencing gum disease symptoms, contact Briglia Dental Group’s West Chester dentist today by calling by dialing (610) 615 0160 if you’re a new patient or (610) 692 4440 if you’re an existing patient to schedule an appointment

What Is Scaling and Root Planing?

Scaling and root planing, also known as dental deep cleaning, is a non-surgical procedure used to treat periodontal disease. It involves the removal of plaque and tartar that’s built up below the gum line and smoothes out the tooth root to prevent further bacterial growth. The scaling and root planing processes are performed together to improve oral health and prevent gum disease from progressing.

  1. Scaling: Our dentist or dental hygienist uses a hand instrument or ultrasonic device to remove plaque and tartar from the crowns of the teeth and below the gum line.
  2. Root planing: They’ll use a smooth instrument to smooth the root surfaces of the teeth. This helps the gums reattach to the teeth.

The Benefits of Scaling and Root Planing

For those showing signs of early-stage gum disease, a deep cleaning can provide you with the following benefits: 

  • Prevents gum disease from progressing into periodontitis
  • Reduces the risk of tooth loss
  • Eliminates bad breath
  • Improves overall oral health
  • Can save you money on future dental treatments
  • Decreases gum bleeding

When Is Scaling and Root Planing Necessary?

Scaling and root planing are necessary when there’s an excessive build-up of plaque and tartar that has caused gum inflammation, bleeding, and even bone loss. A deep cleaning may be recommended if:

  • There’s moderate to severe gum disease, also known as periodontitis.
  • There’s a significant amount of plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth and gums.
  • There’s bleeding, inflammation, and recession of the gums.
  • When there are deep pockets between the teeth and gums that have formed due to gum disease.
  • When some loose teeth or teeth have shifted due to gum disease.

If you’re experiencing any of the above, please contact our dentist in West Chester today for an appointment. 

How the Scaling and Root Planing Processes Work

The dental deep cleaning procedure can be completed through the following steps: 

  1. Evaluation: Our dentist will evaluate the extent of gum disease through dental X-rays and measurements of the gum pockets.
  2. Local Anesthetic: We’ll use a local anesthetic, or another form of dental sedation, to numb the area before starting the procedure.
  3. Scaling: Our dentist will use special tools to remove the plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces and below the gum line. This is also known as dental scaling.
  4. Root Planing: The tooth root can become rough due to uneven plaque and tartar buildup. Dr. Briglia will smooth out the rough surfaces of the tooth root to prevent further bacterial growth and encourage the gums to reattach to the teeth.
  5. Antibacterial Rinse: An antibacterial rinse will be given to you to help flush out any remaining bacteria.

Scaling and Root Planing Aftercare

After your dental deep cleaning procedure, you’ll want to take care of your oral health to ensure the gum disease doesn’t come back. Dr. Briglia may recommend doing the following:

  • Follow a good oral hygiene routine, including brushing twice a day and flossing daily.
  • Use an antibacterial mouthwash as prescribed by your dentist.
  • Avoid eating hard, crunchy, or sticky foods for a few days.
  • Attend regular dental checkups to monitor your oral health.

Scaling and Root Planing Risks

Like any dental procedure, there are some risks patients should be aware of. Risks associated with deep cleanings include:

  • Sensitivity: After dental deep cleaning, you may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, as well as sweet or sour foods. This usually subsides within a few days to a week.
  • Gum Recession: In some cases, deep cleanings can cause the gums to recede, or pull away from the teeth. This can make the teeth appear longer and expose the tooth roots, which can be sensitive to cold temperatures.
  • Infection: Dental deep cleaning involves removing bacteria from the gums and teeth. However, in some cases, the procedure can introduce bacteria into the bloodstream, which can potentially cause infections in other parts of the body.
  • Pain: Some patients may experience discomfort or pain during and after a deep cleaning. This is usually mild and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, the scaling and root planing procedure is generally painless. Your dentist will use a local anesthetic, or another form of dental sedation depending on your needs, to numb the area and minimize any discomfort.
The duration of the procedure depends on the condition of your oral health, but it usually takes one to two hours and multiple sessions. Your dentist will examine the condition of your oral health and will provide an estimated timeline. Depending on the progression of your periodontal disease, it may take more than one scaling and root planing appointment to reverse its effects.
Scaling and root planing can help to manage periodontal disease, but it’s not a cure. It’s essential to maintain good oral hygiene and keep up with regular dental visits to reduce the risk of periodontal disease recurrence.
Many dental insurance plans cover the cost of scaling and root planing, but it’s best to check with your provider to confirm your coverage. If the coverage isn’t enough, ask your dentist if their office provides special discounts or financing options.

Reverse Your Periodontal Disease With Our West Chester Dentist

We can effectively treat your periodontal disease with root planing and scaling treatment. This type of deep cleaning can help improve your oral health and prevent tooth loss. If you suspect you have gum disease, seek prompt treatment from our dentist. Contact our dentist in West Chester, PA by dialing (610) 615 0160 if you’re a new patient or (610) 692 4440 if you’re an existing patient, and schedule your appointment today!

Dr. Ron Briglia at Briglia Dental Group

Dr. Ron Briglia has been practicing dentistry since 1984. With decades of experience and extensive continuing education, Dr. Briglia provides the most comprehensive dental services.

He earned his Bachelor of Science from Gannon University and his Doctor of Dental Medicine from Temple University Dental School. He has received advanced training at prestigious organizations like Pankey and Las Vegas Institutes. He is IV and oral sedation-certified too.

Most of Dr. Briglia’s patients have continued with him in his family of patients for over 30 – 35 years, and the restorations he has provided them have lasted for 25-35 years – clear evidence of his skills and expertise.

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