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Dear Sussex Dental Patients and Families,
We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health and preparing to ease back into regular routines. We are ready to get back to work and see everyone’s smiles again! Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and while many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

We wanted to take the time to update you on our office, its measured reopening, and the steps we are taking to ensure we do everything possible to keep our patients and our team healthy.

While our office has been closed, our doctors and team have spent significant time and effort deciding the best practices to resume dental care. Due to the nature of COVID-19 transmission, changes to the way we deliver care are necessary. The scientific information is continually changing, and we remain committed to staying as up-to-date as possible.

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Scaling & Root Planing

Illustration of a tooth with periodontal disease, in need of scaling and root planing, at dentist office in Sussex, WI.
Taking proper care of your mouth is essential for maintaining good oral health. It is recommended that you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. It is also recommended that you have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined at least twice a year. Skipping any of these steps increases your risk of developing oral health issues, including gum disease. If gum disease does happen, Sussex Dental can provide treatment with scaling and root planing.

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is an oral health issue that affects your gums, your jawbone, and your teeth. It can even impact your overall health as well. Gum disease starts with a buildup of plaque and bacteria, both of which irritate your sensitive gum tissue. This irritation triggers an immune response, and your gums begin to swell. These early symptoms are often difficult to detect. If they go untreated, the gums continue to swell and begin to pull away from your teeth. Bacteria fall below the gum line and begin attacking your periodontal ligaments and jawbone. Over time, the gums recede, and the bone weakens. Your teeth become loose and can eventually fall out.

An Effective Deep Cleaning for Your Teeth

Scaling and root planing is a common treatment for gum disease. It is a minimally invasive, non-surgical deep cleaning of your teeth that are designed to eliminate all buildup from all surfaces of your teeth, including below the gum line. While non-surgical, scaling and root planing is typically done under a local anesthetic. Your swollen gums may be tender, so the anesthetic helps to make the procedure more comfortable. The procedure begins with scaling. Scaling involves the use of a specialized scaler that helps us to remove all buildup from the visible surfaces of your teeth with extra attention paid around the gum line and just below it. We remove plaque, tartar, bacteria, and other debris. After scaling, root planing is performed. Root planing is the process of cleaning the roots of your teeth. Thin, specialized tools are used to smooth the surfaces of your tooth roots, removing plaque, bacteria, and other toxins. Removing this buildup makes it more difficult for new bacteria to adhere to the roots while your gums heal. Finally, an antimicrobial rinse is used to wash out below the gum line, removing any bacteria that might still be present.

The Benefits of Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing has several benefits.
•  The procedure is minimally invasive and non-surgical.
•  We eliminate all buildup, including tartar, or hardened plaque, which cannot otherwise be removed with regular brushing.
•  We help to slow and stop the progression of your gum disease, which provides your mouth the opportunity to begin healing.
•  As your oral health begins to improve, your smile improves. With your smile improved, your confidence will increase.

Scaling and root planing eliminates harmful buildup from the surfaces of your teeth, alleviating the irritation and inflammation of your gums to give the tissue a chance to heal. For more information, or to schedule your consultation, call Sussex Dental today at (262) 246-6806.
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