Deep Teeth Cleaning Scale & Root Planing
Deep teeth cleaning and scaling and root planing are performed at regular checkups with your periodontist, or for patients who have developed or are prone to developing gum disease. Deep teeth cleanings involve the use of specialized dental instruments that remove plaque and tartar buildup, which cannot be removed using traditional brushing methods. Deep teeth cleanings and scaling and root planing procedures are one of the most effective methods for correcting and preventing gum disease.
Gum disease develops when bacteria attaches to your teeth and begins to multiply, eventually forming a film around your teeth that is called plaque. When plaque remains on your teeth for an extended period of time, the surrounding tissue can become irritated and inflamed, which can cause patients to develop gingivitis, the earliest form of gum disease. If gum disease is not addressed at this stage, it may progress to the next stage, periodontitis. This stage is characterized by gums that are more inflamed and prone to bleeding, as well as deepening pockets between the tooth and gum tissue. When gum disease has progressed to this level of severity, it will be necessary to have a deep teeth cleaning and scaling and root planing procedure performed.
From regular periodontal maintenance to repairing, correcting, and preventing periodontal disease, including the placement of dental implants, we are proud to provide you with the highest quality dental care available in a comfortable environment. We are also committed to ensuring you know as much as possible about your oral health so you can make important, informed decisions regarding your oral health and treatment options. To learn more about deep teeth cleaning and scaling and root planing, please refer to the following information; or if you would like to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment for deep teeth cleaning and scaling and root planing, contact us today at (740) 366-3559.
Signs of Periodontal Disease
Scheduling an appointment for a deep cleaning and scaling and root planing procedure is one of the most effective things you can do to halt, correct, and prevent periodontal disease from developing. If you are experiencing any of the following signs or symptoms, contact our office as soon as possible, as they may indicate that periodontal disease is present:
- Extreme sensitivity to cold or hot foods and beverages
- Gums that are swollen, tender, or red
- Gums that bleed when brushing or flossing
- Halitosis (bad breath) or unusual taste in your mouth
- Receding gums
- Pain when chewing
- Permanent tooth has become loose
- Change in fit of dentures
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Deep Teeth Cleaning and Scaling and Root Planing Process
At your regular checkups, we will perform an evaluation of the overall health of your mouth to determine if deep teeth cleaning and scaling and root planing is necessary. If it is determined that this is necessary, the procedure will typically begin with administration of a local anesthetic (and dental sedation if necessary) to ensure that any pain or discomfort is minimized or eliminated.
Once you are sufficiently numbed, the scaling process is performed using specialized dental instruments to remove plaque and tartar build-up. This may be done using a scalpel or ultrasonic scaling tool. Next, the root planing process is performed to decrease the dentin and cementum that have formed on the surface, which are dense with calculus, toxins, and microorganisms. Finally, the root of the tooth is smoothed out, making it more difficult for bacteria to thrive.
Once this is done, your procedure will be complete, although a follow-up appointment will be necessary to monitor the progress of your pockets and ensure that the deep teeth cleaning and scaling and root planing procedure was successful.
Aftercare Following Deep Teeth Cleaning and Scaling and Root Planing
Fortunately, you will not typically have to follow any special aftercare modifications following your deep cleaning and scaling and root planing, although it is important to continue scheduling regular checkups at least every six months. These regular appointments allow us to conduct a deep cleaning to remove plaque and tartar that cannot be removed using traditional methods, and provides us with an opportunity to survey your current oral health and identity and address issues before they develop.
It is also important to continue practicing good oral hygiene habits. In addition to brushing twice daily (minimum) and flossing on a regular basis, it is equally important to brush and floss properly. Every time you brush, do so for at least two minutes. Once you are done, clean your toothbrush. It is also important to replace your toothbrush every three months or sooner if the bristles become irregular or flay. If you follow these best practices, you will enjoy a bright, healthy smile for many years to come!
Cost of Scale & Root Planing
The cost of your deep teeth cleaning and scaling and root planing will be determined by a variety of factors, including what (if any) type of dental sedation is used, the severity of your case, and how much (if any) of the cost is covered by your dental insurance plan. We are happy to help you file your claim and ensure that you maximize your insurance reimbursement, but any remaining balance will be your responsibility.
If you are not able to pay the full amount due at the time services are rendered, the following financial options may be available:
- Care Credit: 0% interest for (maximum) three months (Our office pays a fee to keep this interest loan free for three months, provided the bill is paid on time)
- 0% interest for pre-authorized debit/credit card for (maximum) four months (Agreement must be signed beforehand)
- Most credit card companies provide interest-free credit for one year to new cardholders.
We accept cash, check, and all major credit cards.
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At Newark Periodontics & Dental Implant Specialists, our patients are our most important asset. We are committed to providing you with high-quality care and developing a trusting, long-lasting relationship to ensure you receive continuity of care tailored to your unique needs.
To schedule an appointment for deep teeth cleaning and scaling and root planing, or to learn more about other services we offer, contact our staff at (740) 366-3559.
We look forward to providing you with the care and support you deserve!