Scaling And Root Planning in Troy, MI

Healthy gums form a protective framework for your teeth. If you experience possible signs of gum disease, it is important to get early treatment to save your gums and supportive tissues. At Integrity Dental of Troy, Dr. Viraj Shah recommends scaling and root planning in Troy, MI, as a non-invasive measure to combat early signs of gum disease. With this treatment, we can remove harmful oral bacteria and restore the health of your gums.

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    Scaling And Root Planning

    When Do You Need Scaling And Root Planning

    Plaque naturally forms in our oral cavity and deposits as a thin layer on the tooth surfaces. It can be removed with regular brushing, but due to a lack of oral hygiene, it can harden into calculus (tartar). This cannot be removed with brushing alone and requires professional dental cleaning tools.

    However, if the deposits extend below the gum line, it can lead to the development of gum disease. Your gums may lose attachment to the tooth roots and recede over time, causing increased discomfort and tooth sensitivity.

    For this reason, we recommend early treatment with scaling and root planning in Troy, MI. This non-surgical procedure removes stubborn deposits above and beneath the gum line. It helps limit the progression of periodontal disease and restore optimal gum health.

    What To Expect From The Procedure

    Our dentist will perform an oral exam at the time of your initial consultation to assess the health of your teeth and gums. If you have early signs of gum disease, we will perform scaling and root planning using the latest tools at our Troy, MI, facility.

    • Scaling: The process of scaling is almost similar to routine dental cleaning. It involves the use of an advanced ultrasonic scaler that gently breaks down hardened plaque deposits and cleans the tooth surfaces. We will also glide the scaler tip beneath the gum line to clean hidden plaque deposits.
    • Root planning: This technique focuses on removing plaque deposits on the surfaces of your tooth roots. We gently pull your gums away and use the scaler tip to smoothen the root surfaces and remove harmful oral bacteria. It promotes the reattachment of the gums with the tooth roots.

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    Caring For Your Gums After Treatment

    You may experience slight pain or sensitivity after the treatment process. These symptoms are temporary and often resolve within 24 to 48 hours. Our Troy, MI, team will provide detailed instructions after scaling and root planning to help you maintain proper oral hygiene at home. It is best to use a soft toothbrush to clean your teeth to avoid gum irritation. Depending on your oral health, our dentists will also recommend routine dental checkups and cleanings at our practice.

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    1) Who needs scaling and root planning?

    Scaling and root planning are required if you develop early signs of periodontal disease such as gum bleeding or gum recession.

    2) Is the treatment process painful?

    We often perform the treatment under local anesthesia, so you will likely not experience pain or sensitivity during the procedure.

    3) Will my teeth be sensitive after scaling and root planning?

    You may experience slight tooth sensitivity after treatment, but it is short-lasting and resolves within a few days.

    Schedule an Appointment

    If you notice any signs of gum disease, consult our professionals for early treatment with scaling and root planning in Troy, MI. Call us at (586) 977-0300 for an appointment.

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