Scaling & Root Planing

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Periodontal scaling and root planing (SRP) is the most essential non-surgical treatment for patients with early signs of periodontitis. This procedure helps you maintain optimal oral health and stave off gum disease at its earliest stage. At Energy Dental, we carefully examine your oral health and gum tissues to curate a comprehensive scaling and root planing treatment plan.

What is scaling and root planing?

Scaling and root planing, also known as deep cleaning, is a non-surgical procedure wherein the dentist scrapes off months of accumulated plaque and tartar from your teeth and gum line. This can be done using a metallic scaler or an ultrasonic device. Plaque and tartar form when food particles mix with saliva and bacteria, leading to a yellowish substance on your teeth and gums. If left untreated, they may eventually spread under the gum line, leading to periodontal disease.

The benefits of deep cleaning:

  • Treats gum disease at the earliest stage
  • Prevents heart and respiratory problems caused by bacterial decay
  • Prevents the loss of teeth
  • Minimizes the risk of halitosis (bad breath)
  • Removes stains from the surface of the teeth
  • Improves your smile and oral health

When do you need scaling and root planing?

Deep cleaning is meant for patients with early periodontal disease, the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Periodontal disease is a chronic condition that worsens with time, eventually leading to bacterial infections in your bone tissues and gums. As plaque and tartar continue spreading, they widen the pockets of space between your gums and teeth, leading to gum recession and tooth loss.

Most people don’t notice the signs of periodontal disease until its final stages, when it causes severe bone loss. In its initial stages, most patients don’t experience any pain or discomfort, though you might notice mild gum inflammation or bleeding. You must go for regular dental cleanings and checkups — the dentist will examine your teeth and gums, identify periodontal disease, and treat it at the earliest stage.

The deep cleaning process at Energy Dental

Your deep cleaning procedure starts with a personalized consultation with our dentists. They will examine your teeth, take x-rays to assess the quality of your teeth and bones, and check the depth of gum recession. Based on the evaluation, the dentist will determine if you’re a suitable candidate for deep cleaning. The procedure is generally performed under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation.

Your deep cleaning will start with scaling, which involves removing the plaque and tartar from your teeth using a mechanical or ultrasonic scaling device. The dentist will remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth and below the gum line. During root planing, the dentist will smoothen the roots of your teeth to minimize bacterial decay and facilitate healing.

Finally, the dentist may provide an antibiotic mouth rinse or treatment to kill unwanted bacteria. Over time, your gum tissues will heal and tighten around your teeth, reversing the damage caused by periodontitis.

Why choose
Energy Dental?

Energy Dental is a state-of-the-art dental clinic specializing in the latest laser-based dental procedures. We use cutting-edge technologies and techniques to identify and treat periodontal disease at the earliest stage possible, helping you maintain optimal oral health for a lifetime. Please schedule an appointment to explore your scaling and root planing options in Houston.

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