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 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.

I have been a patient of Dr. Shweta for a few years and was excited to see her this week at her new practice in her beautiful state-of-the-art office in Danbury. Dr. Shweta is very thorough and informative and lets you know step by step what she is doing and makes sure you are comfortable. Her staff is a pleasure to work with. If you’re looking for a new dentist, I highly recommend Dr. Shweta.

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This was a wonderful experience with an up to date and state of the art equipment and staff!! Dr. Shweta and her staff are professional, kind and extremely gentle! Dr. Shweta was informative during my entire exam! Her assistant, Jessica, was also very informative and caring! I HIGHLY recommend this practice!! You'll never be fearful about a dentist again!!

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This was by far my best ever dental experience! Gentle touches, new equipment, state-of-the-art methods & beautiful, peaceful surroundings made this not just bearable but actually pleasant & enjoyable. I'll return here every time I have need to and have already sung their praises to our prayer/Bible study group! Today I went back for a number of fillings and was very pleased with the care, explanations and surroundings here. I couldn't recommend the Tooth Studio more! Back again for 2 crown replacements & a wisdom tooth filling today. Very happy with the service and the temporary crown is by far the best I've ever had!

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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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