At Frank C Raymer DDS in Irvine, we provide comprehensive periodontal scaling and root planing services designed to address and halt the progression of gum disease. Our skilled dental team is committed to restoring your oral health using advanced techniques and personalized care.

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Understanding Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing

Periodontal scaling and root planing is a specialized cleaning procedure that goes beyond the typical dental cleaning. It targets the area beneath the gum line to remove plaque and tartar buildup and smooth out the tooth roots. This process helps reduce gum inflammation, allows for healing, and prevents further damage caused by periodontal disease.

Why Choose Scaling and Root Planing?

This procedure is essential for patients experiencing signs of gum disease, including:
● Bleeding gums
● Bad breath
● Red, swollen gums
● Loose teeth
● Deep pockets between teeth and gums

Periodontal scaling and root planing can effectively:

● Remove bacterial toxins and tartar from below the gum line
● Smooth the root surfaces to promote gum reattachment
● Reduce pocket depth and improve the health of your gums

The Procedure

1. Assessment: Dr. Raymer will perform a thorough examination to assess the depth of your gum pockets and the extent of gum disease.
2. Local Anesthesia: To ensure comfort, the affected area will be numbed.
3. Scaling and Root Planing: Specialized tools are used to deeply clean below the gum line and smooth the root surfaces.
4. Follow-Up Care: We provide detailed care instructions and schedule follow-up visits to monitor healing and prevent recurrence.

Recovery and Care

After the procedure, you may experience slight discomfort and swelling, which typically subsides within a few days. We recommend:
● Eating soft foods
● Avoiding smoking and strenuous activity
● Practicing gentle oral hygiene

Follow-up appointments are crucial to ensure the gums heal properly and the infection does not return.

Schedule Your Consultation

Don’t let gum disease compromise your health and quality of life. If you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease, or if it’s time for your regular dental checkup, contact Frank C Raymer DDS today. Call us at (949) 551-2606 for a thorough evaluation and to discuss whether periodontal scaling and root planing is right for you.

Frequently Asked Questions about Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing

What is periodontal scaling and root planing?

Periodontal scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning procedure that involves removing plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline (scaling) and smoothing out the roots of the teeth (root planing). This helps to remove bacteria and provide a clean surface for the gums to reattach to the teeth, reducing pocket depth.

Why is this procedure necessary?

This procedure is typically recommended when there are signs of gum disease, such as deeper-than-normal gum pockets, bleeding gums, or significant plaque and tartar buildup. Scaling and root planing can help prevent the progression of gum disease, which if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss and other health complications.

How is scaling and root planing performed?

The procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia to minimize discomfort. Using specialized tools, the dentist or dental hygienist will carefully remove plaque and tartar down to the bottom of each periodontal pocket. The tooth roots may also be smoothed to encourage the gums to reattach to the teeth.

Is the procedure painful?

Most patients experience little to no discomfort during the procedure due to the use of local anesthesia. After the procedure, there may be some tenderness or mild pain as the anesthesia wears off, which can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.

What can I expect after the procedure?

After scaling and root planing, you may experience slight bleeding and swelling for a few days. Your gums may also feel tender and teeth might be more sensitive to temperature. These symptoms typically diminish within a week. Proper oral hygiene and possibly a special mouthwash will be recommended to aid healing.

How effective is scaling and root planing?

Scaling and root planing is very effective in halting the progress of gum disease, especially when followed by good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups. It can greatly reduce pocket depths and improve gum health, reducing the risk of further complications.

Will I need more than one visit?

The number of visits required can vary depending on the extent of the gum disease. Some patients may need only one session, while others might require multiple sessions to treat all quadrants of the mouth.

How do I care for my teeth after scaling and root planing?

It is important to follow all post-care instructions provided by your dentist, including brushing twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush, flossing daily, and possibly using an antimicrobial mouthwash. Attending regular follow-up appointments to monitor your gum health is also crucial.