Scaling & Root Planing
Gingivitis is a generative disease that left untreated, will cause significant tooth and gum deterioration. Just the word gingivitis can strike panic in a patient’s mind. The reality is that the treatment is simple and performed right in our office.
Plaque and tarter that sits on the teeth provides an environment, which allows bacteria to thrive and multiply. The bacteria cause the gums to become inflamed and bleed. The condition becomes more noticeable when you brush your teeth or sometimes when you eat. These are signs of the early stage of gingivitis. Gingivitis is easily treated by having our hygienists scale and polish your teeth. If gingivitis is left untreated, the condition will progress and the roots will need a planing. The difference between scaling and root planing is simple. Scaling is the removal of the dental tartar from the tooth surface, root planing is the process of smoothing the root surfaces and removing the infected tooth structure.
Sling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure performed with local anesthesia in our office. While the procedure is usually painless, advanced stages of gingivitis and/or periodontitis make it necessary to numb the area for your complete comfort. Scaling and root planing is usually broken down into two appointments, the right side of your mouth is treated during the first appointmet and your left side is treated at the second appointment.