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Do your gums ever bleed and swell when you brush and floss your teeth? Do you suffer from constant bad breath? If so you might be a victim of gum disease, and it’s best to get it treated as soon as possible. There are many treatments in the world today, and one of those treatments is scaling and root planing.

To help you know more about scaling and root planing in Mesquite, Texas, our dental team is happy to provide the following information to you:

The reasons for treatment

When you are suffering from gum disease, the plaque on your smile will severely irritate your gums, making them pull back from your teeth. When this happens, pockets form between your teeth and gums, allowing bacteria and other harmful particles to gather there. The scaling and root planing treatment cleans these pockets to eliminate the continuation of gum disease. If the pockets are left untreated, the disease could advance, resulting in bone deterioration and tooth loss.

The process of scaling and root planing

The process of this treatment involves two parts: the scaling and the root planing. The scaling involves your dentist removing the plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline. Dr. Tina Foss will make sure to clean every spot that could harbor harmful particles. Then, he will start the root planing, which is a process that involves smoothing the surfaces of your tooth roots so the gums can reattach once again. This treatment might require a couple of visits, and your dentist will more than likely give you a local anesthetic to help you through the appointment.

Aftercare tips

Recovery is very important when it comes to the scaling and root planing treatment. After the appointment, your gums might bleed or swell a bit, which is completely normal. Dr. Tina Foss will medicate the pockets of your mouth to help with this. Your dentist might also prescribe you an oral medication or mouth rinse if it’s necessary. These products will help with the pain and discomfort you might experience.

If you have any questions about scaling and root planing, or if you think you’re a victim of gum disease, please call our office today at 972-686-6477 and schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Tina Foss. Remember that immediate treatment is necessary if you want to save your smile from gum disease.