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Scaling & Root Planing – Landrum, SC

Restore Your Smile’s Health After Gum Disease

Periodontal (gum) disease is actually the most common dental problem in the US. Early symptoms include red, swollen, and tender gums, but it can easily lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Many studies have also shown it to be a risk factor for diabetes, stroke, heart attack, and even dementia.

At Parkside Dental, we take the health of the gums very seriously, which is why we scaling & root planing services to find and eliminate the infection as quickly as possible. If your gums are feeling a little more sensitive lately or bleed quite easily, be sure to contact us today so we can provide the care you need!

Why Choose Parkside Dental for Scaling and Root Planing?

  • Skilled and Compassionate Dental Team
  • Deep Cleanings Eliminate the Cause of Infection
  • Clean and Comfortable Dental Office

Do I Need Scaling & Root Planing?

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The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis, which causes gums to become red and swollen around the bases of the teeth. They may even bleed when you brush or floss, and you may deal with tenderness or bad breath. While gum disease can be easily treated and reversed at this stage, things aren’t so simple if the infection spreads. If gum disease is allowed to progress, it will irreversibly destroy the structures your teeth depend on for support, which eventually leads to tooth loss.

The Process of Scaling & Root Planing

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When we give your gums a deep cleaning, we’ll start with scaling. We will use specialized dental tools to remove tartar from around the gumline and from between the roots of the teeth and the inner gum tissue. After the infectious material has been eliminated, we’ll move on to the scaling stage, during which we will smooth out the roots of your teeth with a special instrument. This can reduce future buildup and make it easier for your gum tissue to reattach to your teeth. This process may require multiple appointments in more severe cases.

Aftercare Tips for Scaling & Root Planing

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Your teeth may become more sensitive for a while after scaling and root planing, and it’s not uncommon for treated gums to swell or bleed. We may give you a prescription for antibiotics or a special mouthwash to prevent infections while you heal. Some discomfort is to be expected after treatment, but this can be addressed with over-the-counter pain medication. It’s best to avoid spicy, hot, or sharp foods while recovering. Your gums will be healed after about two weeks.

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