3 Facts about Scaling and Root Planing

Periodontal (gum) disease isn’t something to be taken lightly. If left untreated, gum disease can cause infection and tooth loss. Gum disease, if found in its early stages, can be treated non-surgically by your dentist. Our team is going to give you three facts about scaling and root planing and why it is considered to be one of the most effective ways to treat periodontal disease non-surgically.

Treatment is wallet friendly

The cost of periodontal scaling and root planing can cost anywhere from $140-$210. These costs are dependent upon what tools or technology your dentist uses for the treatment, where you live and what your insurance covers. It’s always a good idea, before making any decision, to speak with your insurance provider and see what your plan will cover.

Painless procedure

Before the treatment begins, your dentist or dental hygienist will apply a local anesthetic to your gums and teeth. This will allow the area to become numb so you aren’t able to feel any pain during the procedure. Once the anesthetic begins to work, they will then begin scaling your teeth, removing all signs of plaque, tartar and food debris.

Quick recovery time

After a scaling and planing procedure, the first few days you may experience some bleeding and pain. This is normal and should gradually subside. Your dentist generally will want to see you for a follow-up appointment to ensure your gums are healing properly and the pocket size near each tooth is decreasing.

Call our office today at [phone] if you are experiencing swollen, red, tender or bleeding gums.

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