Scaling and Root Planing in Pittsfield, MA

If periodontal (gum) disease is diagnosed during the initial phase, also referred to as gingivitis, it might be resolved with a professional teeth cleaning and improved oral health routines. However, if it advances to the next stage, referred to as periodontitis, scaling and root planing (SRP) may be necessary. Scaling and root planing is a nonsurgical periodontal disease solution that eliminates buildup, tartar, and bacteria from under your gum tissues. To carry out this therapy, our highly trained dental team at Western Mass Periodontics will smooth the surfaces of your tooth roots within gum pockets using specially designed dental tools. SRP can create an improved environment for your gumline and undo the progression of periodontal disease. When you show signs of periodontal disease, schedule a consultation at one of our locations in Great Barrington or Pittsfield, MA to learn more about scaling and root planing.

You may be a candidate for SRP therapy if you notice bloody or inflamed gums, foul breath, gum recession, or other symptoms of periodontal disease. During your appointment, our team will measure the pockets dividing your teeth and gumline. If these areas are over three millimeters deep and scans prove that bone loss has taken place, we may perform SRP treatments. This periodontal disease option should lessen the size of the gum pockets and enable you to care for your gums with simpler methods.

Treatment with SRP at our Pittsfield and Great Barrington, MA facilities is frequently done in varied areas of the mouth over the course of 1 – 4 sessions. To help you feel comfortable, we may numb your mouth by offering a local anesthetic. Sedation may also be available if you have anxiety when having oral treatment. During treatment, one of our professionals will use an advanced dental scaler and hand instruments to thoroughly eradicate tartar and plaque from your gum gaps. Your tooth root surfaces will then be smoothed (planed) to decrease the regions where dangerous bacteria might gather. In some cases, a locally delivered antibiotic might be placed down into the gum pockets to encourage oral wellness and stop bacterial accumulation.

Inflammation and gum discomfort can occur for some days following your scaling and root planing treatment. These problems can usually be taken care of with over-the-counter pain meds and warm saline rinses. Maintaining dental health regimens, such as brushing twice a day and flossing each day, is essential for maintaining your gum wellness. We may also suggest that you get regular gum maintenance treatments to diminish the risk of repeated infections and better care for your periodontal health. These periodontal maintenance appointments are generally scheduled every 3 – 4 months and stand in for routine dental cleanings.

Western Mass Periodontics is pleased to offer scaling and root planing to treat gum disease, which could be covered in part by insurance programs. If you have dental coverage, our team can reach out to your carrier to learn about the overall benefits before figuring out any remaining expenses. Our staff takes several payment options to help make sure that your oral treatment is more accessible.

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The staff is amazing! You never feel rushed. The staff and doctor seem to very comfortable around each other a nd the levity in the office makes for a very comfortable atmosphere. I had full dental implants and was thrilled with the results. I also know personally two friend s that had the same experience with this practice. I would highly recommend them

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Great dentist . Competant work. Freindly and knowledgeable staff.

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I was admittedly terrified going into my appointment with Dr. Schmidt; my primary dentist was not overly gentle and I don’t fault them because periodontal work is not their specialty. Dr Schmidt was in and out; “before” pictures taken, all teeth measured (anterior and posterior), and a 1 year treatment plan laid out in 13 minutes with no pain or discomfort.

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Dr. Schmidt's office and staff are very caring and professional!

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With accomplishments in the dental industry, it's possible to address and reverse the complications that result from gum disease before it progresses. At Western Mass Periodontics, our team performs nonsurgical scaling and root planing treatments to treat the periodontitis stage of periodontal disease and help prevent its progression. To learn more about scaling and root planing or to arrange a gum assessment, contact our Great Barrington or Pittsfield, MA office.

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