what is scaling and root planing?
Dr. Jason Kasarsky is a New York City dentist and periodontal surgeon. He offers scaling and root planing treatments for patients with periodontal gum disease or for those who are in the early stages of gum recession. During a regular dental exam, if Dr. Kasarsky notices that a patient’s gum pockets are deeper than 3 millimeters, he will generally recommend this treatment. The gum pocket is known as the sulcus, which represents the v-shaped grooves located between the gum and teeth. A nonsurgical periodontal treatment, scaling and root planing removes tartar and plaque below the gumline and buffs and smoothens the tooth enamel to protect it from ongoing future build-up. Dr. Kasarsky performs this treatment, which can help improve bleeding gums, inflamed gums, and other dental problems such as infections, tooth loss, and decay.
"Dr. Kasarsky and his team are the best in the business. I used to put off going to the dentist for two years at a time because I've always hated the experience until I went for a cleaning at Dr.Kasarsky's office. Now I'm going 4 times a year for a cleaning. Last Sunday, I unfortunately chipped my tooth late at night, and in a panic, I reached out to Dr. Kasarsky around 11 pm. Within minutes, he responded to me and set up an appointment for the following day. 24 hours after chipping my tooth, I was all back to normal. Not only was it fixed, but you couldn't even tell it had work done it on. The man is not only a great dentist; he is only an artist. If you're like me and have always hated the dentist, I recommend switching to Dr. Karsarky. And trust me, a recommendation for me is essentially a guarantee."- C.C. / Google / Feb 25, 2022
"Dr. Kasarsky is personable, skilled, knowledgable and patient. The work is beautiful. It is as close to pain free dentistry as possible. Marissa, the hygienist, is a gem. The best cleaning ever. I enjoy them. The assistants and the front desk could not be nicer. They follow up (as does Dr. Kasarsky), take the time to know you and are super accommodating about scheduling changes. Office is attractive and super clean. Can't say enough good things."- G.I. / Google / Mar 30, 2022
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"I had neglected my teeth for years and was in need of care. At the time I was working out of a midtown Manhattan office. One day I walked by the dental practice of Dr. Kasarsky (when he had a street level office). Something told me to give it a try so I went in and made an appointment and as they say, the rest is history. Because of my past neglect I required extensive teeth and gum work to get back to a healthy state. Mission accomplished. Throughout the years, the professionalism and skill of Dr. Kasarsky and his staff have been top notch. I no longer work in Manhattan but I still make the trek in whenever I need work or a cleaning. (Thank you Marissa.) Recently, I thought I had a painful dental issue but it was caused by a stretched muscle attached to the jaw. Quickly diagnosed and resolved by Dr. Kasarsky. I would not consider going anywhere else."- E. / Google / Dec 12, 2021
"Dr. Kasarsky and his team make me smile! My smile is my signature, and I wouldn't trust it to anyone else!"- DH / Office Visit / Feb 13, 2018
Am I A Good Candidate for Scaling and Root Planing?
Individuals may be good candidates for scaling and root planing treatments when they experience bleeding or swollen gums, bad breath, gumline separation, or other symptoms of periodontal disease. At your exam, we will evaluate the pockets dividing your teeth from the gumline. When these gaps exceed 3 mm deep and scans show that bone loss has occurred, Dr. Kasarsky can provide SRP treatments. This gum disease therapy should lessen the depth of the gum pockets, which might enable you to clean your gums using easier techniques. Periodontal disease identified in the periodontitis phase will generally be addressed with scaling and root planing at Jason Kasarsky, DDS.
why do i need scaling and root planing?
- To improve the overall health of the gums and teeth
- To treat gum disease, or prevent it from occurring
- To protect the bones from decay
- To prevent tooth decay
- To prevent gum recession
- To improve the breath of the patient
- To deep clean the gumline and prevent plaque and calculus
- To prevent bacterial infections
how does scaling and root planing work?
Dr. Kasarsky generally performs scaling and root planing without local anesthesia, instead using a local anesthesia to numb the mouth. During the first phase of treatment, he will gently remove tartar and plaque using a scaler, which he will apply to each tooth just below the gumline. This process is performed carefully so that additional bleeding and irritation does not occur. Once the gum pockets are cleaned, Dr. Kasarsky will perform planing procedure, which smoothes the surface of the tooth and helps create a clean surface as to eliminate crevices where plaque can hide and accumulate. Depending on the severity of the case, antibiotics may be prescribed prior to treatment, and they are usually provided after treatment to help promote faster healing of the gum tissue.
is there any special care after scaling and root planing?
After scaling and root planing treatment, if our patient still has recession and gum pockets deeper than 3 millimeters, the same procedure may need to be applied again. There are also advanced treatments that can be recommended beyond this procedure. It is extremely important to adhere to a regular oral care routine at home, brushing and flossing daily, and using any products prescribed by Dr. Kasarsky. Many patients with periodontal problems are seen by Dr. Kasarsky bi-annually as to help prevent further problems and maintain the results from treatment.
Scaling and Root Planing FAQ
Does scaling and root planing hurt?
No, most patients don’t experience discomfort during a scaling and root planing procedure. Before he begins, Dr. Kasarsky can numb the treatment area with a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable. After the procedure, some people may experience some soreness, but this is typically short-lived and easily controlled with an over-the-counter pain reliever (before taking any medication, consult your doctor).
How long does scaling and root planing take?
Depending on the condition of your teeth, you may need multiple visits. A typical office visit is about 30 – 90 minutes.
How successful is scaling and root planing?
For treating chronic periodontal disease, scaling and root planing is the leading treatment, able to address periodontal disease and improve the pocket gap between the teeth and gums by 0.5 mm on average.
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Scaling and root planing treats early signs of gum disease and prevents the further spread of bacteria. It helps reduce and prevent infections, inflammation, and other serious gum and tooth disorders. This procedure eliminates areas on the teeth and near the gums where bacteria likes to hide, so the teeth and gums are healthier and the breath is fresher. We invite you to call our NYC dental office today to learn more and schedule your appointment.