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Do you think you’re a victim of gum disease because of bleeding, swollen, or receding gums or because of constant bad breath? If so, it’s important to visit your dentist, Dr. Martin Trockel, for treatment. One common treatment that is used is scaling and root planing.

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

The reasons for treatment

Gum disease begins with plaque growth on your smile and it could possibly end with bone deterioration and tooth loss if it is left untreated, which is why scaling and root planing is so beneficial. When you have gum disease, the plaque on your teeth begins to irritate your gums, making them move away from the teeth to create pockets. Then, bacteria, plaque, and other harmful particles gather in these pockets, infecting the area and altering your oral health. If these pockets are not cleaned on a regular basis, major problems could occur.

The process of scaling and root planing

The process of scaling and root planing involves two parts: the scaling and the root planing. First, your dentist will scale your teeth and gums. This will deeply clean above and below the gumline, eliminating the plaque, bacteria, and other substances that can destroy your smile. Second, your dentist will start the root planing. During this section, he will smooth out the surfaces of your roots so your gums will reattach. Before you begin these treatments, your dentist will likely offer an anesthetic to help you get through the visit.

Aftercare tips

The recovery process is very important. You might feel a little bit of tenderness and sensitivity for about a week or so, but your dentist will prescribe a medication or an oral rinse to you if necessary. Be gentle as you brush and floss each day and try to prevent infection.

Our team at Spartan Family Dentistry cares about you and your smile and we want to do everything we can to help you have the strong and successful oral health you deserve. So, if you think you might be a victim of gum disease, then please call our office at 918-366-3777 and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. We are happy to help you.