Scaling and Root Planing
Gum disease often begins with inflammation, swelling and bleeding during brushing, flossing or eating. In its earliest stages, gum disease, or gingivitis, can often be addressed and even reversed with the right treatment. More advanced cases of gum disease, or periodontitis, may need more extensive treatment options. Scaling and root planing, or SRP, may be recommended to treat gum disease. Our Los Angeles scaling and root planing expert can evaluate your gum health and identify the best course of action to treat it.
Scaling is a procedure that enables our expert in scaling and root planing in Los Angeles to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, which allows your gums to heal. Root planing is a procedure that smoothes the root and eliminates hiding spots for oral bacteria. SRP can be performed under local anesthesia in a single appointment, but it can also be done over several appointments depending on the extent of the condition. SRP may also be recommended before other periodontal treatments, such as gum or bone grafts, to improve the outcome of these procedures.
Scaling and Root Planing Los Angeles
After your scaling and root planing procedure, your gums may be somewhat tender. Our Los Angeles scaling and root planing expert will give you specific aftercare recommendations that can help promote healing. Brush and floss carefully and thoroughly to reduce the risk of buildup after your procedure, and use any antibiotics that have been prescribed according to instructions since they can help combat infection. An antimicrobial mouthwash may be recommended to help reduce oral bacteria and keep your mouth cleaner and healthier during the healing process.
Gum disease that is not treated can progress and infect the supporting structures of the teeth. Affected teeth can become loose and even require extraction. While the effects on your dental health are serious, the effects on your overall health can be life-altering. That is because gum disease has been associated with cardiovascular disease and systemic conditions such as Type 2 diabetes.
If you have any symptoms of gum disease, our expert in scaling and root planing in Los Angeles can evaluate your teeth and gums and make treatment recommendations that can restore your dental health. Give us a call today to learn more or to schedule your appointment.
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