Restore Your Oral Health with Scaling and Root Planing
Gum disease is a serious oral health issue that can lead to painful symptoms and an increased risk of serious health concerns. Dr. Kyle Long offers scaling and root planing at his Denver, CO, practice to address gum disease and prevent more severe symptoms. Also known as a deep cleaning, this minimally invasive procedure removes bacteria from below the gums and around tooth roots. While most patients only need a local anesthetic, our team offers deeper levels of sedation to help you remain calm and comfortable while we restore your periodontal health.
When Is Scaling and Root Planing Recommended?
In the very earliest stages of gum disease, the condition can be reversed through improved oral hygiene practices under a dentist's supervision. However, if gum disease progresses and the pockets between your teeth and gums become 4 millimeters deep or more, scaling and planing will likely be recommended.
Common signs of gum disease include:
- Red, swollen, or sensitive gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Teeth that appear longer due to gum recession
- Pockets between teeth
- Pus between the teeth and the gums
Keep in mind that the earliest stages of gum disease may show no symptoms at all. It is important to regularly visit our office so Dr. Long can monitor the health of your gums.
What to Expect during Treatment
A deep cleaning involves two procedures: scaling and root planing. These two treatments work together to remove plaque and prevent symptoms from returning.
During the procedure, Dr. Long or a hygienist will:
- Numb your gum tissue using a local anesthetic
- Remove plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line
- Eliminate bacteria
- Smooth your tooth roots to prevent future buildup
Depending on your needs, we may recommend multiple deep cleaning appointments to fully restore the health of your gums.
After a Deep Cleaning
While scaling and root planing are minimally invasive procedures, you may experience some discomfort and sensitivity for a day or two afterward. You may notice that your gums feel swollen or tender. Some patients also have some minor bleeding in the treatment area. These are all normal. We may prescribe you a medication or a mouth rinse to reduce the risk of infection while your gums heal.
If you are noticing symptoms of gum disease, or if you have not visited a dentist in the last six months, reach out to us today to schedule a consultation.
Dr. Long may also recommend a follow-up appointment to monitor the results of your deep cleaning. During this appointment, he will measure the depth of the pockets between your teeth and gums. If your cleaning was successful, these pockets will be smaller than before. If they have deepened, you may need additional periodontal care.
Keeping Your Gums Healthy
After your scaling and root planing procedure, it is important to practice good dental care at home to prevent gum disease from returning. Some steps you can take include:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft brush
- Flossing daily
- Eating a balanced diet
- Avoiding tobacco products
We can teach you proper brushing and flossing techniques, and recommend products you can use to maintain the health of your gums.
While everyone should visit their dentist at least twice a year, we may recommend more frequent cleanings and exams for patients who are more prone to gum disease, or those who have developed chronic gum disease that must be carefully controlled. Seeing Dr. Long more frequently can help us identify and treat issues early and avoid more serious concerns.
Experience Outstanding Patient Care
Gum disease is a serious concern that can affect both your oral and overall health. Scaling and root planing by a caring dentist can restore the health of your smile. If you are noticing symptoms of gum disease, or if you have not visited a dentist in the last six months, contact our office online or call (303) 722-1690 to schedule a consultation.