Scaling and Root Planing in Danbury, CT

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What Is Scaling and Root Planing?

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, manifests in several stages. The first stage, gingivitis, can often be corrected with a professional cleaning at our dental office in Danbury, CT along with improved oral hygiene habits at home. However, when the disease advances to the second stage (called periodontitis), Dr. Shweta Gujaran may recommend scaling and root planing (SRP) treatments. SRP is a popular gum disease solution that removes buildup, tartar, and dangerous bacteria from under your gum tissues. To carry out this treatment, our talented dental hygienists smooth the outer portions of the tooth roots within gum pockets utilizing specially designed dental tools. SRP serves to create a healthier atmosphere for your gumline and reverse the advancement of periodontal disease. If you have noticed bleeding gums or other signs of periodontitis, schedule a visit at The Tooth Studio to hear more about scaling and root planing.

What Are the Benefits of Scaling and Root Planing?

At The Tooth Studio in Danbury, CT, scaling and root planing is a vital dental procedure that not only fights gum disease but also fosters better oral health. Additionally, this procedure offers a wide number of advantages, including:

  • Effectively combats gum issues by scraping away accumulated film and tartar
  • Lessens the possibility of gum disease progression
  • Helps head off tooth loss and bone decay
  • Takes off buildup and lightens the appearance of the enamel
  • May alleviate offensive breath caused by gum disease
  • May help relieve tooth sensitivity to cold and hot foods and drinks
  • Helps defend against periodontal difficulties, including cardiac disease and diabetes

Are You a Candidate for SRP?

Patients might be good candidates for SRP treatments when they have bleeding or sensitive gums, foul breath, gum recession, or different indications of gum disease. Our team will assess the spaces separating your teeth and gums at your exam. If these spaces are over 3 mm deep and X-rays prove that there is bone loss, Dr. Gujaran may perform SRP treatments. This periodontal disease therapy should lessen the depth of the gum pockets, which may enable you to take care of your gums with more efficient methods. Gum disease that is identified in the earlier phase will usually be addressed with SRP treatments at The Tooth Studio.

What Is the Treatment Process?

Scaling and root planing treatments at our Danbury, CT office are usually done over the course of 1 – 4 sessions, addressing each area of the mouth in turn. Before your SRP treatment starts, Dr. Gujaran may numb the area with an anesthetic to help you stay comfortable while we work. Sedation may also be provided if dental treatments cause you any anxiety or stress. When you are prepped to get started, our hygienists will use an advanced root scaler and hand instruments to carefully eliminate tartar and bacteria from inside your gum gaps. Your tooth root surfaces will then be smoothed, or planed, to eliminate the regions where disease-causing bacteria might collect. Locally delivered antibiotics may also be administered down into the gum pockets to encourage gum health and manage bacterial accumulation.

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Although this was my first visit to The Tooth Studio, I knew Dr. Gujaran from her previous dental office and decided to follow her when she opened her own practice. Today's visit was for X-rays, cleaning, and oral evaluation, and I plan to visit The Tooth Studio for checkups every six months, as I have full confidence in Dr. Gujaran's ability and integrity.

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I had an appointment yesterday for the first time and I was so pleasantly surprised with the entire experience. First of all, walking into the office does not feel like walking into a dentist. Instead, you feel as though you are walking straight into a beautiful modern spa. Jennifer was absolutely incredible, especially when I vocalized my concerns with how the dentist typically makes me feel... (SCARED! lol) She really talked me through it and was so kind and understanding. She made sure I was comfortable during the x-rays and I even got a warm towelette which smelled like peaches to wipe my nervous sweaty hands LOL. The best was also realizing there was a flat screen TV on the ceiling to watch during the cleaning, as well as Bluetooth audio sunglasses to wear so you aren't blinded by the normal dental equipment/lights. They played classical music that made me want to fall asleep (in a GOOD way, so calming). Dr Gujaran was SO, SO sweet and you can tell she really has a passion for her profession, as well as her patients. She explained everything she was doing thoroughly and even had time to do a filling for me on a tooth that was really bothering me. Overall, the best dental experience I have had thus far and that is really saying A LOT considering how horrified I normally am to visit the dentist. Not to be dramatic, but I can't wait to go back! 10/10

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It is normal to experience sweeling and gum pain for several days following your scaling and root planing treatment. These side effect can typically be managed with nonprescription pain medications and warm salt water rinses. Practicing optimal oral hygiene routines, such as brushing and flossing at least twice a day, is vital for sustaining your gum health. Dr. Gujaran may also suggest that you have regular gum maintenance treatments to reduce the risk of repeated infections and more efficiently manage your gum health. Gum cleaning treatments are usually scheduled 3 – 4 times a year and take the place of regular oral cleanings.

Prevent Gum Disease from Spreading

It's crucial to stop the progression of gum disease before it begins to seriously affect your oral health. At The Tooth Studio, our staff performs nonsurgical SRP treatments to manage the later stages of gum disease and help stop its spread. Set up a periodontal evaluation with Dr. Gujaran at her Danbury, CT office, or get in touch with our professionals to learn more about SRP and other treatments.

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What is the recovery process like after an SRP treatment?

The recovery process after scaling and root planing is generally straightforward for most patients. You may experience some tenderness or slight bleeding in the gums for a few days post-treatment. Dr. Gujaran advises keeping the area clean and possibly using a saline rinse or a prescribed mouthwash to aid in healing. It's important to maintain good oral hygiene, but be gentle around the treated area to avoid irritation.

Are there any foods or activities I should avoid after my SRP procedure?

Post-SRP care is crucial for a swift and smooth recovery. At The Tooth Studio, we advise SRP patients to avoid hard, crunchy, or sticky foods that can irritate the gums. It's best to opt for soft, nutritious foods for a few days. In terms of activities, refrain from rigorous oral hygiene practices or using tobacco products, as these can hinder the healing process. Gentle brushing and flossing around the treated area are encouraged to maintain cleanliness.

What are some of the symptoms of gum disease?

Common signs of periodontal disease include swollen, red, or bleeding gums, especially during brushing or flossing. Bad breath, receding gums, and sensitivity in teeth are also indicators. Dr. Gujaran urges anyone experiencing these symptoms to seek dental care promptly to prevent further progression of the disease.

Can gum disease go away without treatment?

Gum disease, particularly in its early stages, can often be managed and its progression halted. However, it is unlikely to go away completely without professional treatment. Dr. Gujaran emphasizes that early intervention is key. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings at The Tooth Studio, combined with good at-home oral care, are vital in preventing the escalation of gum disease.

What can I do to prevent a recurrence of gum disease?

Preventing a recurrence of gum disease involves a consistent and effective oral hygiene routine. Dr. Gujaran recommends regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste, daily flossing, and using an antiseptic mouthwash to reduce bacteria. Regular dental visits for professional cleanings and check-ups at our Danbury, CT dental office are essential. Additionally, maintaining a balanced diet and avoiding tobacco products significantly reduce the risk of gum disease recurrence.

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