Scaling and Root Planing

At Value Dental Centers Mesa, our highly skilled dentists can treat periodontitis with minimal discomfort. If you are suffering from the symptoms of gum disease, we can provide scaling and root planning at our Mesa, AZ practice. We will begin this procedure, also known as a deep cleaning, by administering local anesthesia.  Then your practitioner will eradicate the buildup of bacteria. Once you have been treated, you may experience some minor dental sensitivity. Overall, however, the treatment will eliminate the pain of gum disease. Most importantly, it will protect your long-term oral health, and it will reduce your risk for further periodontitis.

Is Scaling and Root Planing Right For You?

Gum disease is caused by an accumulation of bacteria that form pockets along your gums. The soft tissue will eventually pull away from your roots, causing pain and discomfort, along with several other symptoms. These can include:

  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Inflamed gums
  • Excessive bleeding when brushing/flossing
  • Chronic bad breath

After carefully examining your gums, your dentist will usually recommend scaling and root planing for mild to moderate gum disease. In cases of mild gingivitis, your dentist will only need to perform a regular dental cleaning.

What to Expect During Scaling and Root Planing

When you arrive for your appointment, your dentist will first administer a local anesthetic in order to numb your gums.  Thanks to this medication, you should only feel a light pressure during treatment. Your dentist will then begin carefully removing the pockets of bacteria from around your gums. Once your mouth is bacteria-free, your dentist will smooth the rough spots on your dental roots. This step will help to prevent recurring gum disease.

What to Expect After Your Deep Cleaning

After your local anesthesia has worn off, it’s not uncommon to experience mild inflammation and dental sensitivity. For a few days, it’s best to avoid extremely hot, cold, and spicy foods and beverages. When needed, you can take over-the-counter pain medications to reduce any additional discomfort.

Your deep cleaning will immediately eliminate a build-up of bacteria, but it’s important to remember that periodontitis is a chronic condition. To avoid any further flare-ups, routine dental exams are vital. In addition, you must practice thorough at-home care, such as brushing, flossing, and rinsing with antimicrobial mouthwash. Finally, be sure to embrace a healthy diet and lifestyle by eliminating tobacco use and cutting back on sugar.

Improve Your Overall Health With Scaling and Root Planing

Deep cleanings are crucial not only for your oral health, but also for your overall physical wellness. If gum disease goes untreated, it could lead to loss of teeth, gum recession, and jawbone degeneration. In addition, periodontitis can increase your risk for serious health conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. Scheduling your deep cleaning today could literally save your life.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Our team of highly trained professionals is just a phone call away.  Contact Value Dental Centers Mesa West to schedule your appointment today. Your smile and health are our top priorities.