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Scaling and Root Planing – Reston, VA

Safe and Effective Way to Restore Gum Health

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Gum disease is one of the most common dental problems among adults in the United States. Oftentimes, people overlook or ignore the symptoms associated with it until their dentist is alerting them to the problem. When a patient experiences periodontitis, their risk for losing teeth and bone increase dramatically if left untreated. This is why Dr. Wayne Myles offers scaling and root planing as a safe and effective way to restore gum health. Although it requires more time spent in the dentist chair, this process will put patients one step closer to achieving better oral health. To get started, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

What is Scaling and Root Planing?

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Scaling and root planing is also referred to as “deep cleaning.” In the early stages of gum disease, gingivitis, a thorough cleaning and routine oral hygiene habits practiced at home can reverse the problem, but once it escalates into periodontitis, there is greater opportunity for bone and tooth loss. Fortunately, patients who have periodontitis can have this type of service performed to remove plaque and tartar build up from around the gum line, as well as have their tooth roots smoothed out to encourage proper reattachment to the gum tissue.

Ultimately, by recommending this process, Dr. Myles can stop the progression of gum disease and work to restore gum health.

Why Do I Need Treatment?

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Individuals who require scaling and root planing have symptoms that have progressed beyond red, puffy gums. These symptoms include:

  • Receding gums
  • Bleeding when brushing or flossing
  • Bad breath
  • Difficulty chewing without pain
  • Loosening and shifting teeth
  • Plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth

Should you experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms, it is important that you call our office immediately. Dr. Myles can determine if scaling and root planing is a viable method of treatment by reviewing the following:

  • The condition of your gums
  • The amount of plaque and tartar buildup
  • The depth of your gum pockets
  • If your periodontitis is escalating closer to advanced periodontitis

The Scaling and Root Planing Process

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The first part of the process is scaling. Dr. Myles will begin by using special tools to remove any hardened plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line. This requires that he clean as far down as the pocket’s depth.

The second part is known as root planing. He will smooth out the roots of the teeth in an effort to allow the roots to reattach to the gum tissue. This will also remove any rough areas that can make it easy for bacteria and harmful toxins to enter.

Is Scaling and Root Planing Uncomfortable?

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You can expect before he begins to receive local anesthesia to help numb your gums. This will alleviate any pain or discomfort during the scaling and root planing process. Once he is finished, whether he completes the entire process in one visit or only one quadrant, your gums will be numb from the anesthesia. They will also most likely be somewhat tender.

It is natural to feel some discomfort in the days after a deep cleaning; however, as long as you properly brush, floss, and rinse each day, you’ll begin to see that your gums are healing and regaining a healthy look.