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Scaling & Root Planing – Somerville, NJ

Treating Symptoms of Gum Disease Before It’s Too Late

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every two adults in the nation is affected by the symptoms of gum disease. The key to beating the condition before it has a chance to get any worse is through early diagnosis and treatment, which is why visiting your dentist in Somerville every six months for checkups and cleanings is so vital. If we find any signs of the condition, we may recommend scaling and root planing to help reverse them and preserve your oral health.

Why Choose Somerset Dental Arts For Scaling & Root Planing?

  • Customized Periodontal Therapy Solutions
  • Convenient Appointment Hours
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities

What is Scaling & Root Planing?

computer illustration of oral bacteria accumulation that requires periodontal therapy

The scaling and root planing process is broken down into two parts. During the first, Dr. DiGrazia will use a dental instrument called a scaler to clear off any plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth and above and below the gumline. This will reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth that are releasing gum-infecting toxins that cause inflammation, swelling, and other early signs of gum disease.

The second part of the procedure is root planing. This is where they will smooth out the roots of your teeth to allow your gums to healthily reattach, keeping harmful oral bacteria from gaining access to these vulnerable areas of your mouth.

After the procedure, you’ll likely experience some tenderness and discomfort, but this will subside once your gums heal. We often combine this treatment with antibiotic therapy to help drastically reduce the accumulation of bacteria in your mouth that are known to exasperate symptoms of gum disease and make the condition worse. By tackling it early on, we hope to reverse the effects of the toxins and restore your oral health.

Why Do You Need Treatment?

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We typically recommend this treatment to patients who are experiencing mild to severe symptoms of gum disease. Some of these include:

  • Receding gums
  • Bleeding when brushing and flossing
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Discomfort while chewing
  • Loose or shifting teeth

Before we plan how we’re going to tackle the symptoms of gum disease, we’ll conduct a thorough examination of your mouth to assess the severity.

Is Scaling & Root Planing Uncomfortable?

computer illustration of a dental scaler clearing plaque from teeth

Before the process begins, we will administer a local anesthetic to numb your gums and ensure that you feel comfortable throughout the procedure. After we finish, you’ll feel some tenderness around your teeth for several days, but this is the normal healing process. It’s also typical for our patients to experience some sensitivity to hot, cold, and sweet products after their treatment. Within two weeks, you will notice an improvement. If you have any questions afterward, don’t hesitate to contact our office.

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