If you’ve been told by a dentist near you that the health of your smile could benefit from scaling and root planing, our dentists are here to provide that service and more through their multi-specialty dental care. The team at Westwood Dental Group can help you get the health of your mouth back to what it once was.
The equation of events that equal gum disease is a simple one. When plaque is not properly removed from the areas on and around your teeth, it develops into bacteria. These bacteria then develop into gum infection known as periodontitis. When this infection is left untreated, it can manifest into chronic health conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, bone loss, sleeping problems, osteoporosis, halitosis (bad breath), and more.
When you visit our dentists in Westwood, MA for your preventive dental care such as comprehensive dental exams and professional teeth cleaning, we’ll be able to remove normal plaque buildup and manage the condition from worsening. However, when preventive dentistry is not adhered to, and plaque is allowed to build up, that’s when more advanced treatments such as scaling and root planing are required.
It’s important to note, however, that some patients will experience increased levels of plaque than others due to factors such as genetics and diet, and additional preventive gum disease therapy may be required beyond routine cleaning. In those cases, our dentists will design a preventive care treatment plan that might include the use of oral rinses or other recommended products.
Your scaling and root planing therapy can be completed in one procedure, but most patients elect to have the treatment broken into four appointments. This way, only one-fourth of the mouth is treated each time, making it easier to resume normal activities afterward. The procedure is considered minimally invasive and typically requires the use of a local anesthetic. If you’d like to schedule an appointment for your scaling and root planing or any of the other multi-specialty services our dentists near you provide, we invite you to use our convenient online booking tool to get started.