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Scaling And Root Planing

Charles M. Marks, DDS & Dental Associates

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Midtown, New York, NY

If you have gum disease, as nearly half of adults over age 30 in the United States do, scaling and root planing is often an effective treatment to keep your gums and smile beautiful. At Charles M. Marks, DDS & Dental Associates in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, their dental experts use scaling and root planing to deep clean your teeth, removing plaque and tartar in hard-to-reach areas. Schedule your next dental cleaning over the phone or book one online today.

Scaling and Root Planing Q & A

What is scaling and root planing?

Scaling and root planing are deep dental cleaning procedures that remove tartar build-up between teeth and near your gum line. Scaling removes cavity-causing tartar below the gum line, and root planing smooths out your tooth’s root, allowing the gum tissue to effectively reattach to the tooth.

Why might I need scaling and root planing?

Scaling and root planing are common treatments for gum disease. Signs and symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Gum swelling
  • Soreness
  • Tenderness
  • Bright red gums
  • A receding gum line
  • Loose permanent teeth
  • Puss near your gum line
  • Loose gum pockets

If your dentist detects gum disease early before it becomes serious, scaling and root planing might be all you need (as well as exceptional at-home oral care) to treat your condition and prevent complications.

What should I expect during my treatment?

When you arrive at Charles M. Marks, DDS & Dental Associates for scaling and root planing, you get to relax in a comfortable chair. Your provider numbs the treatment area, so you don’t feel any pain. 

During scaling, they use specialized dental tools to eliminate plaque and tartar above and below your gum line. Root planing smooths out tooth roots to help prevent future problems.

What happens after scaling and root planing?

After scaling and root planing, your gums might feel a little tender, swollen, or sensitive. Take over-the-counter pain relievers as directed by your dentist to optimize comfort. They might recommend taking prescription medications or using a special mouth rinse to reduce the risk of infection. 

They may suggest you undergo more than one scaling and root planing treatment to optimize your results or applying medication directly to gum pockets to accelerate healing.

How should I care for my teeth and gums at home?

Good at-home oral care is crucial to keep your teeth and gums healthy between dental visits. Brush twice daily, floss daily, use mouthwash if your dentist recommends it, don’t use tobacco products, and eat a well-balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables but low in added sugar.

To schedule your next six-month dental cleaning and find out if you need a scaling and root planing treatment, call Charles M. Marks, DDS & Dental Associates, or book online today.