Scaling & Root Planing

Gingivitis is a generative disease that can cause significant tooth and gum deterioration it left untreated.  When plaque and tartar sits on teeth for a prolonged period of time, it provides an environment for bacteria to thrive and multiply.  Bacteria causes the gums to become swollen and bleed.  These symptoms become more noticeable when you brush your teeth or sometimes even after eating.  These are all signs of early stage gingivitis.  Having a dental professional scale and polish the teeth can easily treat gingivitis.  If gingivitis is left untreated, the condition will progress and the roots will need smoothing out, also referred to as planing.  Scaling is the removal of plaque and tartar from below the gum line.  Root planning is the process of smoothing the root surfaces to help the gums reattach to the tooth.

Scaling and planing is a simple in-office procedure that is performed without any anesthesia in the dentist’s office.  It is important to treat gingivitis in the early stages.  This procedure is usually painless, however advanced stages of gingivitis may require the dentist to numb the area for complete patient comfort.  In order for your mouth to have adequate healing time, deep scaling and root planning is usually broken down into one quadrant of the mouth per appointment.

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