Scaling and Root Planing Treatments
in Brentwood, CA

Did you know that around half of American adults over age 30 are estimated to have some form of periodontal disease? While it’s a relatively common issue, it’s still important to get treated by a qualified local dentist who has experience treating periodontitis. Dr. Freitas and our Brentwood dental team would be happy to design a custom treatment plan just for your smile. Contact us today!

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What causes periodontal disease?

One of the biggest contributing factors to poor gum health is inadequate oral hygiene. However, periodontal disease can be caused or influenced by a variety of different factors, including genetics, certain medications, hormones, and tobacco and alcohol usage. If you do not have a known history of periodontal disease or gum issues, but you have noticed that your gums look red or puffy or have felt much more sensitive, we recommend scheduling a visit with our team.

What is scaling and root planing?

Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure that involves removing plaque and tartar from both above and below the gumline, as well as smoothing the roots of the teeth to promote gum tissue healing. Thorough deep cleanings help reduce inflammation, eliminate bacteria, and prevent further progression of gum disease. Clearing out the gum pockets is essential for preventing damage to the teeth, gums, and jawbone.

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Is a deep cleaning painful?

During a dental deep cleaning, local anesthesia is administered beforehand to ensure patient comfort. While some patients may experience slight discomfort or sensitivity during the procedure, it is generally well-tolerated. The use of advanced techniques and instruments, along with the numbing effect of anesthesia, helps minimize any potential pain or discomfort. Your gums may feel extra sensitive for a few days post-treatment, but any pain can usually be taken care of with an over-the-counter pain medication.

Who should be receiving deep cleanings?

Patients with moderate to severe periodontal disease may need to schedule two or more deep cleanings per year with our team to keep their teeth and gums as clean and healthy as possible. If you’re not sure whether you need to be scheduling routine cleanings or deep cleanings, please schedule an appointment with our practice, and we will be happy to assess your smile and make a personalized recommendation for you.

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