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Scaling and Root Planing: Why You Need It

Teeth and Gums Roswell, GA

Have you recently been told you have gum disease? If so, it is highly likely that you will hear the term “scaling and root planing” from your dentist shortly after your diagnosis. Scaling and root planing (SRP) can more easily be understood as a deep cleaning for your gums and teeth. This is typically the first line of defense against mild to moderate gum disease. Not only can a scaling and root planing procedure prevent gum disease from progressing, it can also reverse the effects that have already occurred. Without SRP, patients can suffer dire consequences such as tooth loss and overall health problems. It can also help patients avoid the need for more invasive periodontal therapies.

What Happens During Scaling and Root Planing?

To understand why scaling and root planing is so effective in treating gum disease it is helpful to understand what gum disease is in the first place. Gum disease begins when bacteria and plaque accumulate along the gum line. While the gums may become red or inflamed at first, the infection can progress over time and cause the gums to pull away from the tooth root and form deep pockets for more bacteria to accumulate. Without treatments, the gum infection can destroy surrounding bone and lead to tooth instability or tooth loss.

Scaling and root planing is designed to help. It is a non-invasive procedure that is painless for most patients. As its name implies, there are two steps involved:

Scaling:  First, your dentist will use special handheld instruments as well as ultrasonic tools to scrape and loosen the calculus and hardened plaque that is present on the tooth and tooth root (just beneath your gum line).

Root planing: Next, the roots of your teeth will be carefully smoothed. This encourages the gums to reattach in a proper manner.

SRP is typically done in quadrants of your mouth.  Therefore, two visits are typically required to complete a full deep cleaning. You may have temporary and mild soreness, but the lasting effects are vital to your oral health. Remember that gum disease surgery can take days to recover from and be more painful and costly. Therefore, if you’ve been told you should consider a scaling and root planing to treat your gum disease, don’t hesitate!

At the office of Dr. Mitzi Morris, we offer the most proven techniques and technology when it comes to fighting gum disease because we recognize that keeping patients free of advanced periodontal disease not only protects their smile but their overall health as well.

Posted on behalf of Mitzi D. Morris

1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076

Phone: 678-459-2990

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Mitzi D. Morris, DMD, PC

4.8/ 5.0

Based on 44 reviews

  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

    Cathy Q
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C
  • I have never experienced an office so down to earth, so outgoing and so willing to satisfy. If you've grown to dread the dentist then lay down your sword and give this office a shot.

    Marc Mamane

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Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076

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