Scaling and Root Planing in Phoenix, AZ

The health of your gums can really change your whole smile and even how you feel. For those with mild to moderate gum disease, our scaling and root planing treatment in Phoenix, AZ, can make a positive impact on your life.

A 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 or gum disease. In adults 65 and older, 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 we don’t take as much care of our gums as we do our teeth. This needs to change.

Why Do I Need Scaling And Root Planing

Periodontal disease is the result of bacterial plaque buildup on the teeth. This film of bacteria forms continuously and if not removed adequately, can cause gum inflammation. In turn, this inflammation can result in gum recession and the formation of pockets between the teeth and gums. Once these pockets have formed, plaque can become trapped and cannot be removed through regular brushing alone. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to the loss of teeth and bone structure.

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If Detected Early

If gum disease is caught early enough and hasn’t damaged the structures below the gum line, a professional cleaning should do the trick. However, if the pockets between your gums and teeth are too deep, Dr. Trujillo may decide that scaling and root planing are necessary.

Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning below the gum line to treat gum disease. Scaling removes plaque and tartar and root planing smoothes the tooth root to help your gums reattach to your tooth.

What Can I Expect During Treatment

The number of visits required for scaling and root planing may vary depending on the severity of gum disease. While the treatment may differ slightly from patient to patient, a standard procedure typically involves the following.

To minimize any discomfort or anxiety, a local anesthetic may be administered. The procedure starts with scaling, during which Dr. Trujillo will utilize specialized tools to meticulously remove all plaque and tartar, including that below the gum line. He will ensure that any pockets that may have formed are thoroughly cleaned. In the event of a significant infection, an antibiotic fiber may be inserted to expedite healing. The next step is root planing.

During root planing, Dr. Trujillo smooths out the surface of your teeth roots to stop bacteria from returning. This helps your gums heal properly and reattach to your teeth. After the procedure, Dr. Trujillo checks your progress to make sure you’re healing well and there are no problems that could slow down 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 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.

Follow Dr. Trujillo’s oral care guidelines and if needed use mild pain medication. If you are concerned with any aftercare symptoms or have 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 schedule another visit with you to see how your gums have healed and to measure the depth of the pockets.

Why Visit Dr. Trujillo?

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A periodontist is a dental professional who has undergone specialized training in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease. If you have concerns regarding gum disease, scheduling an appointment with Dr. Trujillo can provide you with the reassurance you seek, and allow for a thorough exploration of potential treatment options.

Dr. Trujillo 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.

Optimal gum health is the foundation for an attractive smile. To enhance your oral health and smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Trujillo today.

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