How is Scaling and Root Planing Done?

How is Scaling and Root Planing Done?Scaling and root planing is one of the most common ways to treat periodontal disease. It may be used alone in patients with early-stage periodontal disease and in conjunction with other treatments for more advanced stages of the condition. Our Sherman Oaks periodontist can help you decide if a scaling and root planing, or SRP, procedure is right for you.

Plaque is a sticky biofilm that forms on your teeth and can harden into tartar over time. Although plaque can attach to any tooth surface, it is most attracted to rougher surfaces, such as those on the roots. When a person has gum disease, the gums will naturally pull away from the teeth, exposing more sensitive root structure to plaque and bacteria. An SRP procedure can eliminate the buildup below the gum line and smooth the tooth roots. Anesthetic may be offered for your comfort. Once the tissues are numb, an ultrasonic instrument will remove heavy tartar and plaque deposits. Hand tools may be used to remove smaller deposits. The entire area will be irrigated to clean and flush debris from the teeth and gums. Finally, the roots of the teeth will be smoothed to reduce the risk of future buildup and promote healing.

An SRP may be completed over the course of several appointments, and most people recover quickly. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in scaling and root planing in Sherman Oaks.

Benefits of Dentures for Tooth Replacement

Benefits of Dentures for Tooth ReplacementDentures are a removable tooth replacement option that can give you back your smile even if you have lost all of your teeth. Our Sherman Oaks dentist can help you decide if dentures are right for you.

The Benefits of Dentures

When teeth are lost, facial muscles are no longer being stimulated properly, which can lead to premature aging and wrinkling. You may find yourself eating mostly soft foods or foods that require little or no chewing. This can lead to nutritional deficiencies. You may even feel too self-conscious about your smile to talk or engage socially. Dentures give you back your ability to smile proudly, eat your favorite foods, and support your facial muscles and features.

Types of Dentures

Both full and partial dentures are available. Full dentures may be needed if you are missing one or both arches of teeth. You may instead benefit from partial dentures if you are only missing some of your teeth. Both full and partial dentures can be easily removed for dental hygiene purposes, and they can be adjusted for a fully customized fit. Give us a call today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our expert in dentures in Sherman Oaks.