Scaling and Root Planing in Springfield
A commitment to excellence, Dr. Cross has applied microsurgery to one of the most important treatments available today in assisting patients who have a gum infection.
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure to treat gum disease. The treatment removes bacteria and their deposits from the root surfaces of your teeth and reshapes features of the roots to make it more challenging for bacteria to reattach.
Dr. J. David Cross offers a highly effective and gentle approach to scaling and root planing. Springfield patients benefit from his extensive training in and use of the dental microscope. This allows him to see details of the teeth and root surfaces up to 26 times more clearly than with the naked eye alone. As a result, he is able to remove deposits and the bacterial source of the infection with significantly greater accuracy and precision which will provide faster healing times and a more comfortable experience.
An Overview of Scaling and Root Planing
Plaque is a group or colony of bacteria in the mouth adhering to the enamel crown and root structures of your teeth. The bacteria secrete toxins that cause inflammation and together incite a response from your body’s immune system. The result is periodontal disease with bone loss and potential tooth loss.
Discomfort is not a symptom of periodontal disease for the majority of people. However, you may notice symptoms such as bleeding of the gingival gums, tenderness, swelling, redness, and an unpleasant taste or odor. If you recognize these signs, you should consider an appointment with Dr. Cross’ office in Springfield.
Scaling and root planing is the base treatment for periodontal disease. During the procedure, Dr. Cross will:
- Remove plaque, tartar, and bacterial deposits from the surfaces of your teeth.
- Remove the outer layers of the teeth roots to create a smooth surface free of bacterial toxins.
In addition to resolving the immediate concern, the scaling and root planing procedure also helps prevent future infection.
What Patients Can Expect with Scaling and Root Planing
Springfield patients begin with a visit to our practice. Dr. Cross will conduct a comprehensive examination, evaluate the condition of your gums and teeth, and develop a treatment plan, which may include scaling and root planing. Dr. Cross will also take the time to review the treatment process and answer any questions you may have to ensure your comfort and confidence in his care.
During the procedure:
- Dr. Cross will apply a topical anesthetic that will take affect after a few minutes.
- After the topical anesthetic has been applied, he will gently and carefully deliver a local anesthetic. You should only feel a bit of pressure against your gums as the anesthetic is delivered.
- Once Dr. Cross has confirmed that you are comfortable and ready to move forward, he will use ultrasonic instruments to remove the majority of the deposits from your root structure. Then, he will use hand instruments to precisely smooth the features of the roots were bacteria tend to initiate reattachment.
After the procedure, Dr. Cross will discuss how to care for the treatment sites and offer recommendations for oral hygiene to prevent future gum disease.
Follow-Up Care with Scaling and Root Planing
Because of Dr. Cross’ meticulous approach to scaling and root planing, Springfield patients typically have minimal tenderness after treatment and can follow their normal daily routine. Usually, anesthetic will last about three hours after the appointment. You may also elect to take a mild medication like Tylenol® or Aspirin®, and you should stick to a softer diet for the rest of the day.
After scaling and root planing, you will need to be compliant in your own oral hygiene to protect your teeth and gums from future concerns. The average person who maintains proper care at home and continues with the prescribed recall – cleaning program will lose less than one tooth every 10 years. A person who has gum disease and who does not have proper oral hygiene and does not follow the recommended cleaning schedule may lose about 6.7 teeth over the same period.
Along with home care, Dr. Cross will recommend that you alternate cleanings between your restorative dentist and his office at least every three months. By following this team approach, Dr. Cross and your restorative dentist will be able to provide each person with the greatest opportunity to successfully maintain their teeth and periodontal (gum) health.
If you are experiencing symptoms of periodontal disease, you may benefit from a scaling and root planing procedure. Schedule an appointment in Springfield with Dr. Cross by contacting his practice online or by phone at 217-793-0196.