Scaling and Root Planing

If during an exam we find signs of gum disease we may recommend scaling and root planing.  This procedure is the careful cleaning of the root surface to remove plaque and tartar from the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins.  Scaling and root planing is often followed by adjunctive therapy such as placement of local antimicrobials.

Most clinicians would agree that after scaling and planing, many patients do not require any further active treatment.  However, the majority of patients will require ongoing maintenance therapy, or more frequent cleaning visits, to sustain health.

Because our team understands the importance of good periodontal (gum) health, annually we will do a detailed gum and bone evaluation by measuring the gum pockets around each tooth.  This enables us to catch periodontal disease in early stages.  Early detection can save patients from more involved and costly procedures down the road.  Undiagnosed or untreated gum disease can lead to pain, infection, and tooth loss.

Scientists are now linking periodontal disease to conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.

By treating gum disease you can improve your overall health. Healthy gums lessens chronic infection and inflammation in your mouth which means there is less chronic inflammation and infection in your body!