Scaling & Root Planing Waco

Removing Harmful Plaque to Improve Gum Health

Smiling man in dental chair after scaling and root planing in Waco

Gum disease is an all-too-common condition that affects millions of adults living in the United States. If you catch it during the earliest stage (i.e., gingivitis), you might be able to heal your smile with better oral hygiene. However, more advanced forms of gum disease will require dental intervention.

At Heart of Texas Smiles General & Cosmetic Dentistry, we can minimize complications and improve gum health with scaling and root planing in Waco! This non-invasive technique will get your smile back on the right track in no time. Give us a call today to learn more about this unique method of gum disease treatment.

How Does Scaling & Root Planing Work?

Illustrated dental scaler clearing plaque buildup from teeth

The first step in this process is an oral examination conducted by our team. We’ll carefully examine your teeth and gums to determine if there are gum pocket formations and plaque and tartar spreading beneath the surface. Once that’s confirmed, you will receive mild sedation to ensure you’re fully comfortable throughout the procedure.

Next, we’ll use specialized dental instruments to perform the scaling part of the process. This means we’ll scrape away any plaque and tartar accumulations around your teeth and gum line before moving deep within the gum pocket. After that step is done, we will move on to the root planing portion. Since gum disease causes the tissue to pull away from your tooth root, we’ll need to smooth out the area to encourage the tissue to reattach and prevent further gum recession.

When you’re done, we’ll brief you on how to prevent reinfection. Usually, we recommend having a dental checkup and cleaning every three months to ensure your gum tissue remains healthy. Our practice will make sure your smile remains happy and healthy for as long as possible!

Who Needs Scaling & Root Planing?

Illustration of scaling and root planing

Scaling and root planing is only recommended if gum disease has progressed past a certain point. If you notice any of the following symptoms, you may be a good candidate for this service:

  • Bleeding when you brush or floss
  • Gum recession
  • Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
  • Shifting teeth
  • Difficult chewing
  • Visible plaque buildup

Why Is Scaling & Root Planing Beneficial?

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Not only is scaling and root planing a great way to minimize the potential for future reinfection, but it will ensure your natural teeth last longer than expected. With this service, you can avoid needing unnecessary tooth replacement solutions down the line and prevent your body’s immune system from weakening even more. Best of all, you’ll be able to enjoy a much healthier and more beautiful smile!

Aftercare Instructions

Close up of smiling woman with white teeth

When you finish your scaling and root planing procedure, there are many things you’ll want to do to care for your smile. Here are some aftercare tips to keep in mind:

  • If you receive anesthesia or sedation, you should avoid eating or chewing until the effects have fully worn off
  • Stick to soft foods for the first 48 hours following your procedure
  • Do not smoke, use tobacco products, or drink for at least three days
  • Take prescribed or over-the-counter pain medication as instructed
  • Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater to minimize discomfort and swelling
  • Continue your usual oral hygiene routine, except be careful around your gum line and only use a soft-bristled toothbrush