What is Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?

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What is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?

A scaling and root planing is typically needed to clean your teeth if you have gum disease. Gum disease is the number one cause for tooth loss in the world. It affects almost half of all adults over the age of 30. The scaling and root planing, which is sometimes referred to as a deeper cleaning, works to clean out the pockets of bacteria and buildup that have formed around the teeth as a result of gum disease.

Why is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing needed?

If you have gum disease, we may recommend that you have a scaling and root planing. Gum disease is defined as a separation from the soft tissue around the teeth. This causes pockets to form, which can be nearly impossible for you to clean on your own. The scaling and root planing is helpful in cleaning out these pockets to prevent further progression of the disease.

What Is A Periodontal Scaling And Root Planing

How Long Does it Take to Heal from Dental Implants?

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Dental implants have been utilized for years as a way to replace missing dentition in the mouth. Unlike other restorations, implants are anchored just to the bone, and don’t require surrounding teeth to be compromised or damaged. Most implants can last for decades without showing signs of damage or wear. This allows them to become a permanent part of your smile, and a great way to improve your confidence. Implants are often used to replace just one missing tooth at a time, but multiple implants can be placed to hold a bridge, or even denture, in place.

How Long Will it Take to Heal After Implant Surgery?

In order to place your new dental implant, we’ll create an incision through the gums, and anchor the implant deep into the bone. You will experience some pain, swelling, and tenderness for the first few days following the procedure. This is your body’s normal response to trauma, so it’s to be expected, and should not cause alarm. Keep in mind that patients heal differently. One person may be pain-free and comfortable two or three days following implant surgery, while another person may still have some discomfort and swelling a week or two later. The key to helping the implant and surgical site heal correctly is to keep it clean. If you fail to keep the area clean, bacteria can infiltrate the wound and cause an infection. This can impact how your implant heals and functions. The implant itself will fuse naturally with the bone, taking anywhere from three to nine months, again depending on your individual ability to heal.

How Long Will It Take To Heal After Implant Surgery
Important Post Operative Instructions

Important Post-Operative Instructions

It’s a good idea to avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, and drinking hot beverages for a few days following surgery. All of these habits can contribute to post-operative complications, affecting your ability to heal fully. If you’ve been provided with an oral rinse, you should use this according to the instructions, ensuring your mouth stays clean and free of bacteria while you heal. If you experience severe swelling, pain, and tenderness days, weeks, or even months after the procedure, it’s a good idea to come in for an exam. While pain and swelling are normal following surgery, it should not be severe enough to affect your daily life.

If you’re interested in learning more about dental implants, as well as our office’s extended business hours, call us today so that our staff members can further assist you.