What is scaling and root planing?

Scaling and Root Planing is a gum therapy that removes contaminated debris, calculus (tartar), pus, and bacteria deep below the gum line in periodontal pockets. We follow the most effective protocol of soft tissue management which utilizes scaling and root planing, locally placed antibiotics, a periodontal therapy instrument for home care, prescription strength rinses, and much more to help you acheive and maintain the best results.

**** REMEMBER: Periodontal Disease is NOT curable but can be improved and maintained, thus reducing the systemic effects.

What are the systemic effects of Periodontal Disease?
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What is the difference between a professional cleaning and scaling and root planing?

Scaling and Root Planing is a highly skilled procedure that removes calculus, or tartar, that is loaded with bacteria, around and below the gum line where the toothbrush and floss cannot reach. A professional cleaning removes only the soft sticky plaque and calculus that is above the gum line. Scaling and Root Planing is a method of treating gum disease when pockets form around the teeth.

Is there maintenance required once I have had scaling and root planing?

Once you have had periodontal scaling and root planing, it is recommended to repeat the process either once per year or once every two years, depending on the severity, to prevent further destruction of the supporting tissues along with regular follow-ups and professional cleanings every 3-4 months.

Periodontal States

 

Normal, Healthy Gingiva (Gums)
Healthy gums and bone anchor teeth firmly in place.
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Gingivitis
Plaque and Biofilm irritate the gums, making them tender, inflammed, and likely to bleed.
gingivitis

Periodontitis
Plaque that does not get removed hardens into Calculus (tartar). As calculus builds up on the gum line, the gums begin to recede (pull away) from the teeth and pockets form between the teeth and gums.
periodontitis

Advanced Periodontitis
Gums recede even farther, destroying more bone and the periodontal ligament. Even healthy become loose and may need to be extracted.

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