Scaling and Root Planning Treatment
Some cases of acute periodontal (gum) disease that doesn’t respond to more conventional treatment and self-care such as flossing may require a special kind of cleaning called scaling and root planning.
The procedure begins with the administration of a local anesthetic
to reduce any discomfort. Then, a small instrument called a “scaler,” or an
ultrasonic cleaner is used to clean beneath your gum line to remove plaque
The root surfaces on the tooth are then planed and smoothed.
If effective, scaling and root planing helps the gums reattach themselves
to the tooth structure. Additional measures may be needed if the periodontal
pockets persist after scaling and root planing.
This area of dentistry relates to the health of your gums and bone, which supports your teeth. Both Dr. Alex Pham and your dental hygienist assess the health of your gums and provide expert advice on how to avoid periodontal (gum) disease. This disease is a leading cause of tooth loss and can negatively affect your entire well-being.
When you visit Enhanced Smiles, we examine your gums and clean away can plaque around the gum line. This helps remove bad bacteria that can cause common gum disease symptoms such as:
- Inflamed gums
- Sensitive gums
- Bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Tooth loss
If you catch gum disease early then it is possible to treat the problem with a series of routine cleanings. However, if gum disease is more advanced, a deep cleaning (scaling and root planning) is needed. Dr. Pham is experienced in this area of dentistry and works hard to help you avoid the effects of periodontal disease.