Scaling & Root Planing – The First Step In Fighting Gum Disease

One of the first treatments our dentist may recommend if you are diagnosed with gum disease is scaling and root planing. Sometimes referred to as a deep dental cleaning, this periodontal treatment works to thoroughly clean your mouth and remove the disease-causing bacteria. It is one of the most effective options for treatment gum disease in its early stages.

The Scaling and Root Planing Procedure

This comprehensive deep cleaning regimen comprises two crucial steps:

  1. Scaling: In this initial phase, our skilled dentist will meticulously remove the accumulated plaque and dental calculus (tartar) from the tooth surfaces. This step is crucial in eradicating the harmful bacteria and deposits that contribute to the progression of gum disease.
  2. Root Planing: Following scaling, we proceed to the root planing phase. This intricate process involves the meticulous cleaning and smoothing of the tooth roots. The objective is to eliminate any remaining bacterial toxins and create a smooth surface that discourages further bacterial adhesion.

The Purpose of Scaling and Root Planing

The primary goals of scaling and root planing are twofold: the removal of bacteria, plaque and tartar, and halting the progression of gum disease. While many patients find scaling and root planing comfortable without anesthetic, our experienced team can provide various anesthetic and comfort options to ensure your comfort during the procedure if you desire them. Depending on the severity of your condition, your treatment may also be divided into multiple appointments, addressing one section of the mouth at each visit.

In certain cases, scaling and root planing can be complemented by additional periodontal therapies, including antibiotic treatments. For most patients, however, this treatment alone proves sufficient in preventing the advancement of periodontal disease.

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To learn more about scaling and root planing in Beverly Hills, California, and make an appointment with Dr. Daniel Charlton, please contact Beverly Hills Dental Arts Studio today at 310-274-7005.

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