What is Scaling and Root Planing?

Find out just one way to effectively combat gum disease in Pasadena, CA.

Have you just been diagnosed by your Pasadena, CA periodontist, Dr. Peter Cooper, with gum disease? If so, this may feel like a rather stressful time. But remember that we are here to provide you with the best and most effective treatments possible to promote healthier Scaling and Root Planing gums and mouth. If root planing and scaling has been recommended to you, find out more about this procedure and what to expect.

What exactly is root scaling and planing?

For those with more minor to moderate forms of gum disease, root scaling and planing is often the best course of treatment before your condition becomes severe. The purpose of this procedure is to be able to clean under the gums and down to the roots of your teeth to remove tartar and plaque buildup, which is responsible for your gum disease.

Because we will need to go under your gums and to the roots of your teeth, this entire procedure is performed under local anesthesia, so everything will be numb during your treatment. We will often use a combination of standard and ultrasonic tools to clean your gums. Sometimes antibiotic fibers are also placed into the infected pockets of the gums to prevent the spread of infection and to help speed up your recovery time. These fibers are typically removed after about a week.

What is the outcome of getting root scaling and planing?

If you continue to maintain good at-home dental care and continue to see your Pasadena, CA dentist every six months for routine cleanings and examinations, this treatment alone should be enough to stop the progression of your gum disease. Over time you will start to notice that as your gums heal they will return to being firm and pink again.

Gum disease doesn’t have to leave you with irreparable smile damage. Turn to your dental expert, Dr. Cooper, at Pasadena Dental Implants in Pasadena, CA to prevent your gum disease from getting worse. Call our office today!

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