scaling and root planing | Best Dental in Houston, TX

If you are in the greater Houston, TX area and are looking for affordable scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) options, then Best Dental is your top choice. Our expert team of Houston Scaling and Root planing specialists will get you that deep clean that you are looking for at an affordable price.

One of the most common dental problems our family of patients experience are gum-related issues like gingivitis and gum disease — whose symptoms range from bleeding or swollen gums to advanced levels of deterioration. That’s why routine cleaning is a vital part of our practice at Best Dental.

However, sometimes standard cleaning methods aren’t enough to combat the onset of periodontal (gum) disease. That’s where deep scaling and root planing come in. Combined, these two periodontal maintenance methods essentially provide therapy for preventing and combating gum diseases’ early stages.

What is Scaling?

Scaling is a procedure traditionally performed with a scraping instrument that removes plaque and calculus (tartar, a calcified mass on plaque) from below your gum line. Here at our Houston, TX dental office, we use only the latest in scaling technology, an ultrasonic tool, which makes for a more comfortable and effective process. However, sometimes a combination of ultrasonic and manual tools is necessary to remove all tartar and achieve the best looking results.

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What is Root Planing?

On the other hand, Root Planing is used to smooth teeth’s surfaces below the gum tissue — basically a gentle sanding of the teeth. These rough spots (often calculus) on the teeth are high risk spots for bacteria growth, and root planing works to remove them before they can cause any further damage.

Due to the discomfort often associated with planing (because of its involvement with the area below the gum line), a local anesthetic is often applied to numb the gums and surrounding area, allowing you the patient to feel more relaxed and your dentist to be more precise in treating the problem area. The root is the portion of the tooth underneath the gum tissue, and is a common area of tartar accumulation. Since our roots are so sensitive a log of times our patients are numbed with local anesthetic prior to their scaling and root planing procedure.

What the benefits of scaling and root planing?

Scaling and Root Planing are the first steps your dentist will take when they’ve detected the presence of early stages of gum disease. The process comes with a variety of benefits, namely:

  • Prevents Cavities. The removal of tartar curtails the creation of cavities and gingival disease.
  • Allows gum disease to heal. If gingival or periodontal disease is already present, the removal of calculus will allow the gums to heal and get rid of disease-causing bacteria all at once.
  • Fixes bleeding gums, bad breath, and irritated or sore roots by removing the calculus buildup which oftentimes causes these symptoms.

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What is the cost of Scaling and Root Planing in Houston, TX?

The average cost of scaling and root planing in Houston is $1,000. This is for a full mouth deep scaling and root planing case. Prices may vary based on the number of teeth that need to be root planed, the treating doctor, and if you have any dental insurance.

Will Dental Insurance help pay for my scaling and root planing procedure?

Yes they will. Most insurance plans cover a portion of your deep scaling and root planing procedure. Each plan is different, but our team will let you know exactly what is covered at your complimentary examination appointment.

Is scaling and root planing painful?

During your deep cleaning procedure, your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb your teeth. This will allow them to use their instrumentation to go deep under your gum tissues to remove any underlying plaque and tartar buildup that has accumulated there. After numbing, there should be no pain during the SRP procedure.

How often do you need scaling and root planing?

After all four quadrants have been deep cleaned, your dentist will tell you to return every three months for a perio maintenance program where your teeth will undergo a general cleaning. If you take good care of your gums and teeth after your initial scaling and root planing procedure, you may not need another one again.

Is periodontal scaling and root planing necessary?

Sometimes, a general cleaning cannot remove all the buildup that has accumulated under your gum tissue. This is when an SRP becomes necessary. If it is not performed, the health of your gum tissue, and ultimately your teeth, can fall into jeopardy. Continued bone loss is the main risk of not getting your deep cleaning completed.

What can I expect after I have completed my scaling and root planing procedure?

Expect your teeth to be sensitive for a period of a few weeks, and expect your gum tissue to continue bleeding. If you use proper home care after your treatment (brushing and flossing on a daily basis) both of these symptoms will begin to dissipate in time. The reason why your teeth become sensitive after your SRP procedure is because your tooth structure is exposed where it was once covered in calculus.

Can my teeth become loose and fall out after scaling and root planing?

If your teeth have experienced significant bone loss, then yes your teeth may need to be removed after your deep cleaning procedure. More than likely, these teeth are your lower front teeth, and they are being held together by the tartar that has accumulated over the years. Talk to your dentist about tooth replacement options before your deep cleaning.

Will my gum tissue re-attach after my deep cleaning?

In most cases, your gum tissue will grown back in increments after your scaling and root planing procedure. If proper home care is not performed however, no benefits of gum regrowth can be seen after your treatment.

Is periodontal disease reversible?

In most cases, it is reversible. Impeccable care has to be taken by both your dentist and yourself to reverse this process however. Patients with chronic gum disease may suffer from this disease for the rest of their life. Many times, these patients end up need tooth extractions along with dental implant therapy.

How long will it take for my gums to heal after my deep cleaning?

It normally takes around 4-6 weeks for your gums to fully heal after your deep cleaning. Remember that if your oral hygiene is not improved after your treatment, complete healing may not be seen.

If you are in need of dental scaling and root planing in Houston, give our team at Best Dental a call today. We look forward to meeting you.