Scaling and Root Planing in Wichita, KS
Maintain a beautiful and healthy smile for life by fighting gum disease at Meng Dentistry.
Do you have signs of gum disease such as loose teeth or swollen, bleeding, painful, or receding gums? Then you may need periodontal therapy, starting with scaling and root planing, which cleans your teeth and roots below the gumline.
Infected gums may lead to bone and tooth loss and contribute to serious health issues beyond the mouth (like heart problems, stroke, and diabetes). According to the American Dental AssociationOpens a new window to the American Dental Association website, chronic gum disease AKA periodontitis, affects about 47% of adults in the US over 30.
Common risk factors for gum disease include:
Your oral health greatly affects your overall health, which is why it’s so important to guide your dental health back on track. If you’re scared of the dentist, experience high anxiety, or just haven’t gone for a routine cleaning in a long time, please schedule your visit to Meng Dentistry in Wichita, KS.
Deep cleanings at the dentist are safe and pain-free. Our team explains the procedure, uses a gentle approach, and may use an anesthetic to prevent any discomfort. We also help you heal comfortably at home by recommending tips and prescribing medication if necessary.
Periodontal therapy with scaling and root planing thoroughly removes the hard-to-reach plaque above and below the gum line. Once there are sticky bacteria in enlarged gum pockets, regular brushing just doesn’t cut it and your dentist performs a deep cleaning.
Despite popular belief, you can keep your natural teeth for life. That is if you maintain healthy teeth and gums and stay proactive. Periodontal disease is a serious infection of the gums, damaging your soft tissue, teeth, and bones.
Your gums are the foundation for a beautiful, healthy, and fully-functional smile. But, while a good diet and hygiene at home help prevent gum disease, sometimes your mouth needs an extra hand from our professionals with periodontal therapy.
Deep cleanings at Meng Dentistry in Wichita, KS are a smooth process (literally):
During scaling, we remove the hardened buildup of plaque and tartar above and below your gums. We get to the bottom of the pocket caused by the infection to prevent it from growing.
The second part is root planing to smooth the tooth root and help your gum reattach. (This helps promote healing of the gums, teeth, and bones.) We also provide after-care tips to ease any tooth sensitivity and promote happy healing at home.
Treating gum disease with a deep cleaning may take several visits, where we repeat the procedure and check on your progress. The extent of your periodontal therapy depends on the initial diagnosis and follow-up care.
We’ll teach you ways to take great care of your teeth and may even prescribe a rinse or medicine to prevent inflammation and bacterial growth. Early detection and prevention help keep gums healthy, and we’re your partner for a happy smile!
Is scaling and root planing painful?
Our dentist in Wichita, KS makes gum disease therapy as comfortable as possible. We use a gentle touch during scaling and root planing and go at your pace.
In addition, we may use a numbing agent to ease any discomfort and give you after-care tips for ways to heal comfortably at home.
How long does a scaling and root planing take?
Scaling and root planing may take one to four hours, with one or several appointments. The duration of your deep cleaning at the dentist depends on the severity of your periodontitis.
We may work on your entire mouth in one visit or space out and treat select sections each time. We’ll let you know what to expect and help you stop gum disease in its tracks.
What is the average cost of scaling and root planing?
The cost of scaling and root planing is unique for each patient. Factors that affect the cost of your deep cleaning at the dentist include the extent of gum disease, the number of visits, and your insurance coverage.
We work with you to make treating gum disease affordable and accessible with multiple payment options. Please schedule a consultation with Meng Dentistry at Wichita, KS for more information and an accurate estimate.
Depending on your needs, this treatment may be completed as a preventive measure or a standalone treatment.
Is scaling and root planing effective?
Yes, deep cleaning the teeth, gums, and roots is an effective way to help control gum disease and prevent tooth loss. This treatment removes bacteria below the gumline and promotes healthy healing of the mouth.
Periodontitis is a serious health issue and should never be ignored (may lead to tooth loss and other health issues such as cardio problems, stroke, diabetes, premature births, and more).
While tooth loss can be embarrassing, painful, and expensive to fix, our dental practice in Wichita, KS helps you stay proactive. We check for signs of gum disease to get you treatment as early as possible to prevent future problems.
How long does it take for gums to heal after root planing?
After a scaling and root planing procedure, it may take several days for your gums to heal. Recovery time varies on the extent of your deep cleaning, and our dentist may prescribe or recommend medication to take at home.
Some simple ways to prevent gum disease include brushing twice a day with a soft brush and ADA-approved toothpaste, flossing daily, and maintaining regular dental cleanings and exams.