Scaling & Root Planing  Charlotte, NC

Scaling and Root Planing: Essential Care for Healthy Gums at Scott A. Young DDS

Scott A. Young DDS in Charlotte, NC, offers scaling and root planing as a cornerstone treatment for managing periodontal disease and maintaining gum health. This deep-cleaning procedure is often recommended for patients experiencing signs of gum disease, such as bleeding gums, persistent bad breath, or gum recession.

What is Scaling and Root Planing?

Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure designed to thoroughly clean the root surfaces to remove plaque and tartar from deep periodontal pockets and to smooth the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins. The treatment is essential for restoring and maintaining the health of gums and preventing the progression of gum disease.

Benefits of Scaling and Root Planing:

  • Halts the Progression of Gum Disease: By removing plaque and tartar buildup, scaling and root planing helps to stop gum disease at its source.
  • Improves Gum Health: Cleaning the deep pockets helps reduce inflammation and bleeding, allowing the gums to heal and reattach to the teeth.
  • Prevents Tooth Loss: By addressing the underlying cause of gum disease, scaling and root planing can prevent tooth loss associated with the advanced stages of the condition.

Frequently Asked Questions About Scaling and Root Planing

Q: Is scaling and root planing painful?
A: Patients may experience some discomfort during the procedure, but local anesthesia can be used to minimize any pain. Post-treatment sensitivity is normal but usually temporary.
Q: How long does the procedure take?
A: The length of the procedure depends on the extent of gum disease and the number of quadrants in the mouth being treated. It may require more than one visit to complete.
Q: How do I care for my teeth after scaling and root planing?
A: Following the procedure, it's important to maintain good oral hygiene practices, including brushing twice a day and flossing daily. We may also recommend specific mouthwashes or other products to aid in healing and prevent further infection.
Q: Will I need additional treatments after scaling and root planing?
A: Some patients may require further periodontal treatments or more frequent maintenance cleanings to manage gum disease effectively.

Schedule Your Gum Health Evaluation

If you're experiencing symptoms of gum disease, contact Scott A. Young DDS in Charlotte, NC, to schedule an evaluation. Our team is dedicated to providing the highest standard of care to restore and maintain your gum health. Call us at (704) 541-5900 or visit our website for more information.

request an appointment