Scaling & Root Planing | Forsyth & Springfield IL

Take good care of your teeth with Scaling and Root Planing periodontal treatments, as well as Bite Adjustments to relieve excess pressure when your teeth come together.

For more information about Periodontal Treatments and Bite Adjustments or to schedule a consult with Dr. Pedraza, use our Contact Us form or call our office in Forsyth, IL at Forsyth Office Phone Number Forsyth Office Phone Number 217-876-0547 or Springfield IL at Springfield Office Phone Number 217-787-0422.

Teeth Scaling

The initial stage of treatment is usually a thorough cleaning that may include scaling to remove plaque and tartar deposits beneath the gum line.

Animated gif of Tooth Scaling procedure

Root Planing

The tooth roots may also be planed to smooth the root surface allowing the gum tissue to heal and reattach to the tooth. In some cases, the occlusion (bite) may require adjustment.

Animated gif of Root Planing procedure

Antibiotics or irrigation with anti-microbials (chemical agents or mouth rinses) may be recommended to help control the growth of bacteria that create toxins and cause periodontitis. In some cases, Dr. Pedraza may place antibiotic fibers in the periodontal pockets after scaling and planing. This may be done to control infection and to encourage normal healing.

When deep pockets between teeth and gums are present, it is difficult for Dr. Pedraza to thoroughly remove plaque and tartar. Patients can seldom, if ever, keep these pockets clean and free of plaque. Consequently, surgery may be needed to restore periodontal health.

Bite Adjustment

A bite is considered to be healthy when all or most of the teeth are present and not destroyed by normal daily usage.

It is destructive when teeth show wear, looseness or when TMJ (jaw joint) damage is seen. Bite therapy helps restore a bite that can function without damage and destruction. The therapy may include:

  • Reshaping the biting surfaces of the teeth and eliminating spots of excessive pressures where the teeth are brought into contact. This is done by carefully dividing bite pressures evenly across all of the teeth.
  • Bite splint therapy using a custom-fitted and adjusted plastic bite guard to keep the teeth apart, day, night, or both.
  • Braces to reposition mal-aligned or drifted teeth.
  • Replacement of old, worn out, or damaged fillings.
  • Reconstruction of badly worn and damaged teeth.

If you have any questions or wish to schedule an appointment, please call our office: Forsyth Office Phone Number 217-876-0547 (Forsyth) or Springfield Office Phone Number 217-787-0422 (Springfield). You may also use our Contact Us form below.

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