Scaling and Root Planing

Gum, or periodontal, disease is the leading cause of tooth loss and can put you at risk for serious health issues. The bacteria that cause gum disease have been linked to strokes, type 2 diabetes, pregnancy complications and other health concerns. One of the most effective treatments for periodontal disease is scaling and root planing, which can help restore healthy gum tissue. Our team at Alluvial Dental Center can perform this dental treatment to help reverse the effects of gum disease to protect your teeth and overall health.

When periodontal disease progresses past the first level of gingivitis, the gum tissue begins to recede farther from the roots of the teeth. This is due to tartar and plaque on the teeth that irritate the gums. Large gaps are created where bacteria can thrive, and it is difficult to clean with brushing and flossing. If not treated, the gum tissue continues to recede and deteriorate. To allow the gums to heal, the roots must be thoroughly cleaned and the tartar removed. This can be accomplished with scaling and root planing.

Deep Root Cleanings

Essentially, scaling and root planing are a deep cleaning of the roots of your teeth. Scaling involves removing the calculus or tartar that is attached to the roots. Planing refers to the smoothing of the surface of the root after the scaling has been completed. This is much deeper than a typical dental cleaning as it goes below the gum line. To prevent pain or discomfort, the gums are numbed during the treatment. Scaling and root planing can be completed in one long visit or over 2-4 visits.

Once the tartar is removed and the roots are smoothed, the gum tissue can begin to heal and reattach to the roots. This can help prevent gum disease from progressing, and with continued treatment, may even reverse some of the damage to the gums. Often, this procedure can prevent the need for more invasive periodontal treatments like surgery.

If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, contact Alluvial Dental Center​ today. We offer effective treatments for periodontal disease, including scaling and root planing.