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Scaling & Root Planing – McKinney, TX

The First Line of Defense Against Gum Disease

Have you noticed that your gums are discolored, or that they bleed easily when you brush your teeth? It is possible that you have a form of gum disease. Dr. Hegazin provides gentle, effective services to address this condition — including scaling and root planing in McKinney. On this page, you will learn more about these gum disease treatments and how they can help your gums to regain their health and strength. When you are ready to schedule your periodontal (gum) checkup, contact Marble Dental McKinney.

How Do Scaling and Root Planing Work?

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Scaling and root planing are two parts of a particular type of gum disease treatment in McKinney:

Scaling is the process of removing plaque and tartar from the teeth, both above and below the gum line. We use special tools that have more cleaning power than any at-home oral hygiene products. Once the plaque and tartar are gone, most of the harmful, gum disease-causing bacteria will also be gone from your mouth.

Root planing is the process of smoothing out the tooth roots. This makes it more difficult for harmful bacteria to cling to them. It also gives the gums a chance to reattach to the teeth and recover from the gum disease infection.

Depending on the extent of your gum disease, scaling and root planing may take place across one, two, or more appointments. Your dentist in McKinney will use a numbing agent during your sessions so you are comfortable. We also offer sedation dentistry options, including nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation, to ensure our patients are as comfortable as possible.

What Happens After Scaling and Planing?

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After scaling and root planing, your teeth and gums may be sore for a few days. Your teeth may also experience a slight increase in sensitivity to hot and cold. To encourage healing of your gums:

  • Gently brush your teeth 2 – 3 times each day.
  • Continue to floss regularly, but be very careful that you do not “snap” the floss into your gums.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater and take over the counter pain medications to ease any discomfort.
  • Use any prescribed products, such as antibiotics, as directed.

After you finish recovering from scaling and root planing, it is important that you continue to visit our dental office at regular intervals so we can check on your periodontal health. We want to help you to continue to fight gum disease so you can retain your natural teeth and avoid the long-term health risks that are associated with this dangerous condition.

Do I Need Scaling and Root Planing?

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If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of gum disease, it is quite possible that you need scaling and root planing. However, in the mildest cases of gum disease, a few adjustments to your oral hygiene routine may be adequate to get your gum health back on track. In severe cases of gum disease, we might recommend a more in-depth procedure. During your periodontal consultation, we will carefully evaluate your treatment options and recommend the one that we believe is best for your unique circumstances.

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