Scaling & Root Planing

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Scaling & Root Planing

Plaque and tartar that sit on teeth provide an environment which allows bacteria to thrive and multiply. This bacterium causes gums to become inflamed and bleed, especially when brushing or eating. These are signs of gingivitis and when left untreated, the condition can progress to periodontitis.

In order to prevent the progression of periodontitis, scaling and root planing may be recommended. These procedures are used to clean the affected teeth and are the first line of therapy against periodontal disease.

Scaling is the removal of dental plaque and tartar from the tooth surface and root planing is the process of removing infection while smoothing root surfaces.

Many times this non-surgical, less invasive therapy is the only treatment necessary to stop the disease from progressing. However, if symptoms, such as bleeding and inflammation, continue surgical therapy may be needed.

Once the progression of the disease is controlled, regular, frequent maintenance visits are necessary to be sure that the periodontal disease does not return and cause more destruction.