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Scaling and Root Planing – Naples, FL

A Treatment Designed to Restore Gum Tissue

A person with gum disease.

In the early stages of gum disease known as gingivitis, patients have the ability to reverse the condition through better at-home brushing and flossing. But the more advanced forms of gum disease like periodontitis cannot be handled with at-home care and a standard professional cleaning alone. That’s where proven techniques like scaling and root planing at Dr. Jeffrey Skupny’s office come in. With his expertise, you can get started improving your gum health and reducing your symptoms. Call his office today to schedule your next appointment!

Why Do I Need Treatment?

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It may sound startling, but chronic periodontitis affects nearly half of Americans over the age of 30, according to the American Dental Association. Not only does that mean millions of adults are at risk of permanent damage to their gum and bone tissue, but many don’t see a reason why they should receive treatment.

For one, allowing periodontitis to progress will eventually lead to tooth loss. Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults, and periodontitis is truly the beginning of the end unless you seek treatment.

Additionally, scaling and root planing is proven to be beneficial to patients with chronic periodontitis, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association. If you want to keep your teeth in place as well as reduce your risk for future dental and systemic disease, scaling and root planing is the best solution.

The Scaling and Root Planing Process

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After examining your mouth and diagnosing your current gum disease, Dr. Skupny will begin your scaling and root planing treatment. Scaling involves removing plaque deposits from the areas below and above your gumline. This includes the inside of the pockets formed in between your teeth as a result of the gum disease. Only a dentist can perform this treatment safely and effectively, which is just another reason to visit our office.

The second phase of treatment is called root planing. Root planing is designed to smooth out your tooth roots to help them reattach to your gums. This will work to prevent your gums from receding any further than they already have.

In some cases, Dr. Skupny may also apply an anti-bacterial pill or mouth rinse. This will work to prevent future infection and help your gums heal more effectively.

The Value and Benefits of Gum Disease Treatment

Patients often ask why scaling and root planing is more expensive than a traditional cleaning. It typically costs more for a few different reasons. First, scaling and root planing are far more extensive of a treatment compared to routine cleanings. Further, treatment typically takes multiple appointments to complete. More frequent appointments are needed in order to confirm that the infection isn’t spreading. If scaling and root planing are not proving to be effective, additional appointments will help us catch this early and modify your treatment plan accordingly.

Ready to receive gum disease therapy in Naples? Contact our office to schedule your next appointment!