Dental Scaling & Root Planning
The Toothery’s goal is to help you prevent problems that could harm your oral health. However, should you develop periodontal disease, Dr. Jessica Bertoglio and her hygienists may perform dental scaling and root planing to clean off tartar buildup above and below the gum line.
Scaling and root planing is one of the most common and effective treatments recommended for gum disease before it becomes severe. This is a deep cleaning treatment that includes two main steps:
Scaling: In scaling, we remove plaque and tartar (dental calculus) from the tooth surface
Root Planing: This step involves cleaning the roots of the teeth, smoothing the root to remove bacterial toxins
The goals of scaling and root planing are to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar, and to halt the progress of the disease. While most scaling and root planing treatments can be completed comfortably without anesthetic, our dentist are happy to offer anesthetic and other comfort options to make certain that you feel at ease during your treatment. The scaling and root planing treatment may be split up into several appointments, in which we treat one section of the mouth at each appointment.
Scaling and root planing may be combined with other types of periodontal therapy, such as antibiotic treatment. For most patients, scaling and root planing is enough to prevent periodontal disease from progressing further.