Scaling | Root Planing

Root planing and scaling is one of the most effective ways to treat gum disease before it becomes severe. Root planing and scaling is done when gums have either started to pull away from the teeth or the roots of the teeth have hard mineral deposits (tartar) on them. Root planing and scaling cleans between the gums and the teeth down to the roots. In most cases we use a local anesthetic to numb your gums and the roots of your teeth. For your comfort we also use an ultrasonic tool for the planing and scaling. This tool is not as uncomfortable as a standard scraping tool, but not all cleanings require this type of tool. If you maintain good dental care after the procedure, the progression of gum disease should stop. And your gums will heal and become firm and pink again. Periodontal disease, if not treated can lead to infection and eventual tooth loss. Below is the illustration for typical progression of periodontal disease.

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