Scaling and Root Planing in rockford, dixon and janesville
Periodontal diseases occur in the periodontal ligament, gums, and jawbone. In the early stages of the disease, symptoms typically include gums that are swollen, red, and/or bleed easily. As the disease progresses, patients may experience teeth that become loosened and eventually fall out and jawbone deterioration. The most common method for treating early periodontitis is the scaling and root planing procedure. Commonly known as a deep cleaning, scaling and root planing is an effective method of removing calculus, plaque, and diseased tissue that have accumulated in your gum pockets that cannot be removed through traditional brushing methods, followed by inhibiting future growth of bacteria using specialized dental instruments to smooth the surface of your tooth’s roots.
With over 40,00 dental surgeries performed and over 12,000 dental implants placed, you can be confident that you will receive high quality care from established professionals that is designed to meet your unique needs. To schedule an appointment for scaling and root planing, or if you have any additional questions concerning the procedure or clinic policies, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, or our Janesville office at 608.208.1576.
Common Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
If you are exhibiting any of the following, this may be an indication that you have developed periodontal disease and may require a scaling and root planing procedure:
- Gums that easily bleed, are red, or are swollen
- Receded gums
- Gum discoloration
- Pain when brushing or flossing your teeth
- Chronic bad breath
- Unexplained tooth pain
While these symptoms may indicate that periodontal disease has developed, the only way to know for sure is to schedule an examination to determine and treat the underlying cause.
What to Expect During Scaling and Root Planing
Prior to performing any procedure, we will conduct an in depth dental and medical health history review and perform a thorough examination to measure your bite and examine for signs of loose teeth, bone loss, TMJ, oral cancer screening, and other signs of periodontal disease. If you have any medical conditions (severe diabetes, heart murmurs, artificial heart joints or valves, hypertension) please notify our staff prior to surgery. Patients who require sedation should avoid eating or drinking for at least six hours prior to surgery except for prescription medication that can be taken with water.
The scaling and root planing process is generally divided into four quadrants: the upper right and upper left section of the mouth and the lower right and lower left section of the mouth. Patients who only require one or two sections to be addressed can generally have this process completed in only one visit, whereas patients who require scaling and root planing for their entire mouth may require multiple appointments to complete the process.
Scaling and root planing typically begins with administration of a local anesthetic and/or sedation. Following this, the scaling process will begin with the removal of debris and calculus from the pockets of your gums using specialized dental instruments designed to fit between your gums and teeth. Once the pockets have been scaled, the tooth’s cementum and dentin is removed and the surface of the tooth’s root is smoothed (planed), which inhibits the ability of biofilm, bacteria, and calculus to accumulate in the future, and provides your gums with an opportunity to reattach to your teeth.
Aftercare Following Scaling and Root Planing
Following your scaling and root planing procedure, it is essential to follow these and any additional post-operative instructions provided by your periodontist to minimize risks and enjoy a fast recovery.
- To reduce pain or discomfort, take the recommended dosage of over-the counter medication.
- Do not spit, rinse, or use a straw for the first 24 hours.
- Avoid intense physical activity and rest as much as possible for the first 24 hours.
- Eat soft foods such as applesauce, yogurt, pudding, or soup for the day and slowly reintroduce harder foods as the healing process progresses.
- Continue practicing good oral hygiene habits and scheduling regular periodontal exams to reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.
By following these instructions and continuing to keep your teeth and gums clean, you will enjoy a fast healing process and can return to your normal routine as quickly as possible.
To learn more about clinic policies or schedule an appointment for scale and root planing, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, or our Janesville office at 608.208.1576.
Cost of Scaling and Root Planing
The cost of scaling and root planing will depend on several factors, such as whether or not dental sedation is used, the severity of your case, and your dental insurance plan. At Featherstone Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are committed to providing you with high-quality, comprehensive periodontal services, which is why we provide you with flexible payment options to ensure that you receive the care you require.
If you are covered under a dental insurance plan, we do ask that you bring your insurance cards and any necessary forms with you to your appointment. We are happy to provide a pre-estimate of dental benefits prior to treatment, and will submit any receipts, forms, or other information required by your insurance company. Once insurance payment has been received, the remaining balance will be mailed to you.
Please note: our office does offer a 5% reduction in fee for full payment at the time services are provided (contingent on treatment type). We also offer extended payment plans through GreenSky Patient Solutions or Care Credit. For your convenience, we accept cash, personal check, Visa, Discover, MasterCard or American Express.