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Fortunately, if periodontal (gum) disease is detected during the initial phase, commonly referred to as gingivitis, it may be fixed with a teeth cleaning at our Wellesley, MA office and enhanced oral health practices at home. However, if the dental disorder progresses to the following stage, known as periodontitis, we will likely recommend scaling and root planing (SRP) therapy. Scaling and root planing is a well-known gum disease solution that removes plaque, tartar, and dangerous bacteria from underneath your gumline. To carry out this therapy, our highly trained dental hygienists smooth the surfaces of your tooth roots within periodontal pockets with extremely fine dental tools. SRP will offer an improved atmosphere for your gums and stop the progression of periodontal disease. Take control of your dental health — schedule a visit at Wellesley Aesthetic Dental Group to learn more about scaling and root planing.

You may be a great candidate for SRP therapy if you have:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Bad breath
  • Gum recession
  • Other indications of periodontal disease.

When you come for your dental exam or cleaning, we will measure the pockets dividing your teeth from the gum tissues. In cases where these pockets exceed 3 mm deep and scans prove that there is bone loss, we can recommend SRP therapy. This periodontal disease therapy should minimize the depth of your gum pockets and help you to care for your gums with simpler techniques. As long as your periodontal disease is identified in the earlier phase, we can usually address it with SRP treatments; advanced stages may require alternative treatment, however.

Patient with Dr Rafla for 25 yrs - After a car accident at 19 yrs old my only option back then was dental bridges. At 40 yrs old with nerve pain & failing bridgework I saw Dr. Rafla for implants.He is a total professional & expert periodontist, as well as kind, caring person. My implants have not failed in 25 yrs. I moved to Maine to retire and when told to see a local periodontist I couldn't start with someone new. I drove 3 hrs back to Worcester, MA for a consult because I trust Dr. Rafla.

E.P. Healthgrades

I originally came to Dr Rafla in 2021 for an implant. I live in CT and I wasn't able to get an appointment in my area. Dr Rafla was recommended so I called. I got an appointment with a couple days. The implant was perfect and Dr Rafla is amazing. I have a dentist in Connecticut but I continue to see Dr. Rafla every six months for a cleaning and check up. The hygienists do an amazing job. My cleanings at Dr Rafla's office just feel cleaner than my regular dentist. I end up paying out of pocket, but it's worth it for the cleaning and the check up.

J.K. Yelp

Dr. Lee did an outstanding job on my 2 crows. Her assistant Jessica was very helpful during the procedure. Elizabeth is a wonderful hygienist and very knowledgeable. Liz at the desk was very helpful regarding my dental insurance questions. The Wellesley Office location is clean, bright, parking is available on-site with multiple spots. Office provide friendly environment. Thank you.

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Second root canal I have had with her. She is terrific!!

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Today was my first experience with Dr. Rafla and his wonderful, efficient, but most of all kind staff. I went to this very much dreaded appointment with no idea of what to expect. My poor teeth are so sore and they are making everything difficult. I have horrible gagging reflex which makes everything harder for those that are trying to take x rays to be able to guide me into having a proper diagnosis and treatment. Trust me when I say I was a difficult patient. I expected the doctor to say there wasn’t much hope for them. Instead after reviewing what I was giving him to work with he listed off the perfect game plan. All aspects would be easier on me and my issues and seem to offer a perfect solution. I hope Coach Bill Belechick has competition in writing a game plan. Dr Rafla can give him a run for his money. In no time at all Dr. Rafla had a plan devised to ease my pain and fix the pockets in my gums. I am anxious now to correct these problems and move forward with the plan Thank you Dr. Rafla and team for being both gentle and kind with me today.

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SRP therapy at our Wellesley, MA practice is often performed in sections of the mouth over the course of 1 – 4 appointments. To ensure that you stay at ease, we numb your mouth with a mild anesthetic. As soon as you are ready to begin, one of our hygienists will use an advanced root scaler and fine instruments to delicately eradicate buildup and bacteria from inside your gum gaps. Your tooth root surfaces are then smoothed (planed) to decrease the spots where harmful bacteria may gather. Topical antibiotics might also be distributed down into the periodontal pockets to improve dental health and slow down bacterial accumulation.

Tenderness and gum sensitivity may occur for a few days after your SRP treatment. These symptoms can often be relieved by taking nonprescription pain medication and using warm saline rinses. Keeping up with proper oral health routines, including careful toothbrushing and flossing every day, is essential for maintaining your gum health. We may also ask you to attend regular gum treatments to reduce the chances of repeated infections and better take care of your gum health. These periodontal cleaning appointments are often performed 3 – 4 times per year and stand in for biannual dental cleanings.

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Wellesley Aesthetic Dental Group is happy to provide scaling and root planing, a reliable periodontal disease treatment, which may be covered partially by certain insurance plans. For patients who use dental insurance, we can contact your carrier to figure out the overall benefits before estimating any out-of-pocket costs. Our office accepts several payment types, including low-interest payment programs, to make sure that your dental treatment is more affordable.

Because of accomplishments in the oral care field, it's easier to target and eliminate the concerns brought on by gum disease before they impact your overall health. At Wellesley Aesthetic Dental Group, our team provides low-maintenance scaling and root planing (SRP) treatments to help our Needham, Natick, and surrounding area patients manage the final stages of periodontal disease and help stop its worsening. Contact our Wellesley, MA office for a gumline evaluation, or ask one of our dental team members for more information on SRP.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.