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Scaling and Root Planing – Allen, TX

Heal Your Smile After Gum Disease

While a bacterial infection in your gums might not sound like something to be worried about, it can have serious consequences. Untreated gum disease can eventually cause your teeth to loosen or fall out altogether. Treatment in the early stages might just mean you’ll need more frequent teeth cleanings. However, for more advanced gum disease in Allen, TX, you might require a procedure called scaling and root planing. At The Dental Den of Allen, Dr. Anneice Ward and the rest of our friendly team can use scaling and root planing to heal your smile after gum disease. Give us a call to learn more!

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Why Choose The Dental Den of Allen for Scaling and Root Planing?  

  • Friendly Dentist with 15 Years of Experience
  • Relaxing Sedation Dentistry Offered
  • Evening and Weekend Appointments Available

Why Do I Need Gum Disease Treatment?

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Gum disease develops when bacteria in plaque accumulate in your mouth, typically as a result of poor oral hygiene. The early stage, gingivitis, may cause inflammation and bleeding when you brush or floss. No irreversible damage has been done at this point. In fact, you can often completely eliminate the infection with improved oral hygiene and more frequent dental cleanings.

If gingivitis is not treated quickly enough, though, it can progress into periodontitis. At this stage, bacteria weaken the structures that keep your teeth firmly embedded in your jawbone. The longer you have this condition, the more bone and gum tissue is destroyed. Eventually, the teeth become so loose that they fall out. Missing teeth can not only hinder your appearance, but they come with a slew of oral health consequences. That’s why it’s important to get gum disease treatment as soon as you need it.

The Scaling and Root Planing Process

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Dr. Ward will often recommend scaling and root planing as soon as she detects signs of advanced gum disease. First comes the scaling portion of the procedure. Using special instruments, we can remove built-up plaque and its hardened form, tartar, from above and below the gumline.

After scaling is finished, we perform root planing. Smoothing out the roots of your teeth should kill any lingering bacteria. Plus, it makes it more difficult for bacteria to attach to your teeth later on, reducing your risk of future infections. We may prescribe some antibiotics to take after your procedure just to be on the safe side.

Does Scaling and Root Planing Hurt?

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Because we numb your mouth with a local anesthetic beforehand, you shouldn’t pain during your procedure. We also offer sedation options to soothe your nerves and lower your ability to register pain. Your gums may be sore for the next few days, but an over-the-counter pain reliever like acetaminophen should be more than enough to alleviate it.