At Tarpon Shores Dental, we strive to provide our patients with high-quality and thorough preventive dental care. That way, we can spot and treat early signs of gum disease before they have a chance to get worse, resulting in permanent damage to your smile. During your checkup and cleaning, we will examine your gums and let you know if we see symptoms of periodontal disease. If so, we will develop a customized treatment plan. For some patients, a great place to start is scaling and root planing therapy, also known as a deep cleaning.
Scaling & root planing typically takes place over the course of two appointments. Dr. Thompson will start by using a dental scaler to remove all plaque and tartar accumulation on your teeth and along your gumline. If you have pockets that have formed between these areas, he will need to clean as far down as the pocket’s depth to ensure that no harmful oral bacteria remain.
During your second appointment, Dr. Thompson will conduct the root planing part of the treatment. This is where he will smooth out the roots of your teeth in order to allow your gums to healthily reattach and provide them with protection. That way, no harmful bacteria can gain access to vulnerable areas of your dental structure and cause permanent damage.
We often recommend the scaling and root planing procedure for patients who can’t reverse their gum disease symptoms with a simple cleaning and improved at-home dental hygiene. These patients typically experience more severe signs, including:
During your examination, we’ll thoroughly inspect your gums and dental structure to determine how far along the disease has progressed and the depth of your gum pockets. This way, we can develop a customized periodontal therapy plan to treat your symptoms to the best of our abilities.
Without timely treatment, gum disease can progress past being reversed, which is why we strive to diagnose the symptoms and stop them as early as possible. In order for us to do this, it’s vital to come in for semi-annual checkups and cleanings so we can examine your teeth and gums thoroughly. If we do spot any signs, we’ll quickly develop a treatment plan to relieve them as soon as possible and prevent any additional damage from occurring.