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Scaling & Root Planing

Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical periodontal therapy that removes tartar from below to gumline to treat gum disease. At Gainesville Periodontics, we find that our clients are incredibly impressed by the results of scaling and root planing, from cosmetic improvement to the reduction in pain and irritation of their gums.

Why Scaling and Root Planing Works

Gum disease is caused by plaque that accumulates on the teeth and below the gum line. Plaque is always accumulating, and if it is not properly removed, it can build up, creating a breeding ground for bacteria that inflames the gums and can eventually lead to bone and tooth loss. Scaling and planing remove the built-up of plaque and tartar that cause gum disease and allows the gums to heal.

Benefits of Scaling and Root Planing

When regular dental cleanings won’t do the job, scaling and root planing offer a wealth of benefits that last long after the process is over, including:
Reduces inflammation, pain and swelling of the gums
Prevents tooth loss
Prevents progression of gum disease
May reduce the need for more invasive treatment options such as periodontal surgery and bone grafting

The Scaling and Root Planing Process

Scaling and root planing involve two main steps. These may be done at a single appointment or spread across two or more appointments depending on the severity of plaque buildup and progression of gum disease.
Scaling involves using a special tool called a scaler to scrape away plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth both below and above the gumline.
Once all the plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) is removed from the tooth, a root planer is used to smooth the surfaces of the root. Pockets of roughness on the roots can encourage bacteria to grow, so those are smoothed out to prevent future problems. Local anesthetic is used to keep you completely comfortable during the process.

After-Scaling Care

After scaling and root planing, patients may experience some discomfort and sensitivity, which is generally well managed with OTC pain relievers, avoiding certain foods for a short time, and practicing good oral hygiene.

Maintaining Your Results After Scaling And Root Planing

Regular dental cleanings and good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing daily, can extend your results and help prevent the need for another scaling and root planing down the line. Although scaling and root planing can be an effective treatment for gum disease, prevention is always better than a cure.

Struggling With Inflamed Gums Or Gum Disease?

Scaling and root planing may help. Give Gainesville Periodontics a call today to schedule a consultation. A bright, healthy smile is in your future with us!

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