Scaling and Root Planing in Phoenix, AZ

At Arizona Periodontal Group we believe that your periodontal health is important and that the health of your gums can really change your whole smile and even how you feel. If you have been looking for scaling and root planing in Phoenix, then look no further. This is an excellent and vital treatment for the care of your gums.

A recent study estimated that 47.2 percent, or 64.7 million American adults, have mild, moderate, or severe periodontitis, the more advanced form of periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. In adults 65 and older, prevalence rates increased to 70.1 percent. This study was done over 8 years ago, think of how much that percentage has increased over time. This is all because, as adults, we don’t take as much care of our gums as we do with our teeth. This needs to change.

Why Do I Need Scaling And Root Planing

Gum disease is caused by a film of bacteria called plaque. Plaque is constantly forming on your teeth. If that build-up of plaque isn’t cleaned well, the bacteria can cause your gums to become inflamed. When this happens, your gums begin to pull away from your teeth and form pockets. Plaque then can get trapped inside of these pockets and can’t be removed with regular brushing. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to bone and tooth loss.

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But, if gum disease is caught early enough and hasn’t damaged the structures below the gum line, a professional cleaning should do the trick. If the pockets between your gums and teeth are too deep, however, scaling and root planing may be needed.

Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning below the gum line to treat gum disease.

  • Scaling removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line
  • Root planing smoothes the tooth root and helps your gums reattach to your tooth

What Can I Expect During Treatment

Scaling and root planing can potentially take more than one visit depending on the severity of gum disease. Each patient’s treatment protocol may be a little different from one individual to the next, but a standard treatment will be as follows:

A local anesthetic may be used to reduce any discomfort or nervousness you may feel. We begin with scaling. Using the proper tools Dr. Trujillo will remove all the plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) that is above and below your gum line. He will make sure to clean all the way down to the bottom of any pockets that have formed. If there is a large infection an antibiotic fiber can be placed to treat the infection and cause a faster healing time. After this is complete root planing will begin.

Dr. Trujillo will smooth out your teeth roots to prevent bacteria from coming back and causing more gum disease. This also allows gum tissue to properly heal and reattach itself to your teeth. Once complete Dr. Trujillo will check up on you to ensure healing is going well and there are no complications to be concerned about during the healing process.

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After Care Tips

After a deep cleaning, you may have some discomfort for a day or two and more prevalent teeth sensitivity for up to a week. Your gums also may be swollen, feel tender, or bleed a little. This is normal after a scaling and root planing procedure, but if you have any concerns please contact Dr. Trujillo so he can address any additional work that may be needed. Follow proper oral care guidelines and if needed use mild pain medication recommended by Dr. Trujillo. If you are concerned with any aftercare symptoms as described above or have additional questions please give our office a call. Your comfort and peace of mind are important to all of us at Arizona Periodontal Group.

We may also schedule another visit with you to see how your gums have healed and measure the depth of the pockets. If they have gotten deeper, further treatment may be needed.

Why Visit A Periodontist?

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A periodontist is a dentist who has obtained additional training in preventing, diagnosing, and treating periodontal disease. If gum disease is something you are, even a little bit, concerned about, visiting a periodontist will help set your mind at ease and you will be able to find the solutions you need.

Dr. Trujillo of Arizona Periodontal Group has been practicing periodontics since 1997. He earned his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from Boston University School of Dental Medicine and in 2000 received his Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study of Periodontology obtaining “The Excellence in Periodontology Award.” He is also a diplomat of the American Board of Periodontology which is appointed to a Periodontist who has made significant achievements beyond the mandatory requirement of Periodontology. He knows gum disease and what it takes to keep gums clean and in excellent health.

Gum disease is a serious dental problem that we hear of often, but, as stated above, it isn’t something that we think about much. As bacteria grow and symptoms worsen gum disease can do some serious damage to our dental and overall health. Seeing a Periodontist can really drastically improve your gum health for the better. Visiting a specialist like Dr. Trujillo can change your oral health completely for the better. It will not only bring you peace of mind but will also change the way you view your smile.

Scaling and root planing can really be the difference between healthy and unhealthy gums. Along with these treatments Arizona Periodontal Group offers many other options to help you achieve the healthiest smile possible such as Preventative Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Bone Grafting, Sedation Dentistry, Dental Implants, and more!

Visiting a Periodontist to find that beautiful smile could be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made. It all begins with gum health, and once that is taken care of a beautiful smile is just around the corner. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Trujillo today!

I’m beyond impressed-I’m in AWE of the CARE that I received today. I’ve had many perio-ortho-dental experiences in my life so I have a lot of comparisons-and I have RARELY had so much support and care from the ENTIRE TEAM in a practice. I’m so grateful that I was referred to Dr. Trujillo and his team. You’ll have clear explanations of the state of things, guidance on what to do/next steps and EYE-CONTACT galore! Imagine that– in this era of computer everything, you’ll feel human and understood. THAT’S WOW! VERY WOW! Lucky you if you are part of the patient roster for this practice. I FEEL VERY LUCKY!

Jacki A.