One of the first treatments that Dr. Smith may recommend after you have been diagnosed with gum disease is scaling and root planing, often referred to as “Deep Cleaning”. This nonsurgical gum treatment is one of the most common and effective procedures for halting the progress of the early forms of periodontal disease. It is not a substitute for surgical or Laser (LANAP) periodontal therapy.
There are two parts to this treatment:
- Scaling – during which Dr. Smith or his Hygienist removes plaque and tartar (calculus) from the tooth surface
- Root Planing – during which Dr. Smith or his Hygienist will clean and smooth the roots of your teeth to remove bacteria and plaque and stimulate the healing process
Scaling and root planing may be performed as a stand-alone procedure or combined with other periodontal therapies as needed. Scaling and root planing on its own is usually enough to prevent the less severe stages of gum disease from progressing.
When you visit our office for scaling and root planing treatment, we will typically split your procedure up into several appointments. Your mouth is divided into quadrants, and each section is treated individually or in pairs to produce the best results.
Many Dental offices may provide scaling and root planing treatments without the use of an anesthetic, but Dr. Smith always provides several comfort options, including local anesthesia and conscious sedation.
If you have any questions about scaling and root planing in Turlock, CA, and to make an appointment with our experienced periodontist, please call our office today.