When left untreated, plaque can harden and turn into tartar, which often buildups around the base of the teeth or gums. If tartar is not removed, it can lead to gum disease such as gingivitis or periodontitis. This is why our family dental practice offers scaling and root planing, which is a deep cleaning of the teeth and gums. This process will remove plaque and tartar buildup to restore healthy gums and teeth. If patients are in need of a scaling and root planing procedure, they can call our Long Beach dentists at Emigh Dental Care today to reduce their risk of serious gum disease developing.
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What to Expect
Scaling and root planing is performed in our office with local anesthesia on the areas being treated and/or sedation to help patients remain calm and comfortable. Our dentist begins by using a manual scaling tool or an ultrasonic cleaner to reach all areas of the gum pocket and remove the plaque and tartar that has built up. Once the gum pocket is cleaned, our dentists will smooth or plane the surface of the tooth to minimize areas where plaque and tartar can become trapped. Once the gum pockets are clean and smooth, they can begin to heal and reattach properly to the tooth root.
After the scaling and root planing treatment, patients might have some inflammation or bleeding of the gums, but this should only last for a few days. Patients should continue or start a daily oral health care routine that includes brushing at least twice a day, flossing, and following any special instructions by our dentists. Patients should return in 2 – 4 months to have their gums re-checked to ensure proper health. A second treatment may be needed to fully restore the gums or our dentists may refer patients to a periodontist for special treatment.
Plan Your Procedure
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Stop Gum Disease Early
Scaling and root planing can stop early signs of gum disease, including inflamed and bleeding gums, as well as bad breath and loose teeth. Our dentists can catch these signs early during an annual dental exam and treat the problem effectively with scaling and root planing treatment.