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Scaling & Root Planing – South Burlington, VT

Fighting Gum Disease With a Deep Cleaning

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gum disease impacts one out of every two adults in the United States. As one of the most common oral health problems in the nation, this disease can wreak havoc on patients’ oral and overall health, increasing the risk of developing medical conditions such as heart disease, respiratory infections, and even Alzheimer’s. At Green Mountain Dental, we’re dedicated to keeping your health in tip-top shape, which is why we provide high-quality and thorough gum disease treatment in South Burlington. With scaling and root planing, we hope to reverse the effects of this disease and restore your oral health so you can enjoy your smile for years to come.

What is Scaling & Root Planing?

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Scaling and root planing is frequently referred to as a “deep cleaning” by many dentists. We often recommend this treatment method for patients who are experiencing more advanced gingivitis or periodontitis to help reverse the symptoms and ease any discomfort.

During the first part of your procedure, we will use special instruments to remove any accumulated plaque and tartar from above and below your gumline, cleaning as far down as the pockets of your gums. This will keep harmful bacteria from building up in hard-to-reach areas of your mouth and causing more severe gum disease symptoms.

Your second appointment will consist of root planing, which is where we will smooth out the roots of your teeth to give your gums a chance to reattach to them. This will keep these vulnerable areas of your teeth protected and give your mouth some help in fighting off the toxins infecting your gums.

Why Do You Need a Deep Cleaning?

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People who could benefit from scaling and root planing typically show common symptoms of gum disease, including:

We will conduct a thorough examination of your gums to determine which treatment will best help reverse the symptoms you’re exhibiting and develop a customized timeline so you know exactly what to expect.

Tips For a Fast Recovery

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After your treatment, you’ll likely experience some tenderness, bleeding, sensitivity, and general discomfort. This is because your gums are healing. After your procedure, it’s important to keep up with your dental hygiene and avoid hard, chewy, or sticky foods that could be uncomfortable to chew. After a few days, your mouth should begin feeling better. If you have any questions or concerns about your healing process, don’t hesitate to contact your dentist in South Burlington. Our team will be more than happy to help you feel more comfortable and worry-free.