Scaling and Root Planing

Dental Scaling and Root Planing at Linglestown Family Dental

Scaling and root planing are non-surgical dental procedures performed to treat gum disease, also known as periodontal disease.  It involves a deep cleaning of the teeth and roots to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria that accumulate below the gumline.

During scaling, the dentist or dental hygienist uses specialized instruments to carefully remove the accumulated plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces, both above and below the gumline.  Root planing, on the other hand, involves smoothing the rough surfaces of the tooth roots to discourage further plaque buildup and promote gum tissue healing.

Scaling and root planing may be performed under local anesthesia to ensure patient comfort. The procedure may be completed in a single visit or divided into multiple sessions depending on the extent of the gum disease and the patient’s oral health.

This deep cleaning helps to eliminate the bacteria that cause gum inflammation and infection.  Scaling and root planing can help stop the progression of gum disease, reduce gum pocket depths, and promote the reattachment of gum tissue to the teeth.  It is often recommended as an initial treatment for mild to moderate gum disease before considering more invasive procedures.

Regular follow-up visits and improved oral hygiene practices are crucial to maintaining the results of scaling and root planing.  Patients are advised to brush and floss regularly, use antimicrobial mouth rinses, and attend scheduled dental check-ups to ensure ongoing gum health.  For more information on good dental hygiene or to set up an appointment with Linglestown Family Dental, reach out to us and give us a call.

Dental Scaling and Root Planing at Linglestown Family Dental

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