Independence Family and Cosmetic Dentistry


Scaling and Root Planing in Independence, MO

At Independence Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer scaling and root planing for patients who require periodontal cleaning. Generally, these patients are in the early stages of gum disease (known as gingivitis) where bacteria and plaque build up along the gum line, causing the gums to become inflamed and irritated. Symptoms include bleeding gums, chronic bad breath, a receding gum line, and trouble chewing certain foods.
Scaling and root planing restores the health of the mouth and gums by gently deep cleaning just below the gumline. Sometimes an antibiotic is given before or after the procedure. After this procedure, which may need to be performed several times, the gums and teeth will appear and feel healthier and the symptoms of periodontal disease will slowly go away.


What to expect from it?

In most cases, local anesthesia will be given prior to the procedure to help minimize discomfort. For patients who have anxiety during dental treatments, sedation may also be provided. A manual scraping will first be performed, which pulls the gumline back slightly so that all areas of the gum pocket can be reached. At this time, plaque and tartar will be scraped and removed. An ultrasonic cleaner is also used to assist with this deep cleaning process.
The second step of this procedure involves the planning process, which smoothens the enamel of the tooth. After the procedure is completed, the gums will heal and naturally reattach to the tooth root. Some patients will require this procedure more than once to ensure the infection areas have been fully treated.

Care After Treatment

Inflammation and soreness are common after a scaling and root planning procedure. Soft foods should be incorporated for a few hours to allow the gums to settle and heal. After a few days, the gums will appear and feel normal.
Dr. Scott usually sees his patients within 3 months to either perform the procedure again or check the status of the gums. Patients should also discuss proper techniques for good oral healthcare, including consistent brushing and flossing so they can establish a good home care routine.

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Independence Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

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Dr. Scott Roberson offers expert dental care for your entire family, including cosmetic, restorative, and preventive services.
If you have any questions about dental insurance or other payment options, please call our office at 816-350-0808.