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Have you ever heard of scaling and root planing? Usually, when you visit the dentist for teeth cleaning, your teeth and gumline will be cleaned to prevent gum disease, an inflammation of the gum tissue surrounding your teeth which can develop when bacterial plaque and tartar build up. Scaling removes this plaque and tartar. But when you have advancing gum disease, scaling and root planing will be necessary.

Gum disease: A scaling and root planning is a non-surgical procedure done to treat advancing gum disease. Healthy gum tissue should fit snugly around each tooth, supporting their position. If bacterial plaque and tartar build up around the gums and under the gums, pockets (spaces) can form, pulling the tissue away from the tooth. Treatment is crucial, because advancing gum disease may lead to bone loss, and ultimately, teeth falling out.

Scaling and root planing: Scaling and root planing is the first procedure used to treat advancing gum disease. First, we thoroughly scale all of the plaque, bacteria, and tartar from the tooth and surfaces of the root. During root planing, we smooth out all of the rough surfaces on the roots. This helps prevent bacteria, plaque, and tartar from reattaching beneath the gumline so that your gums can heal and reattach to your teeth.

Healing: After a scaling and root planning is done, gum tissue firms up, bleeding lessens or stops altogether, and the gum pockets diminish. You may be prescribed medication or a mouth rinse to prevent infection or control pain. You will be encouraged to follow up with periodic cleanings and monitoring of your gum tissue and any gum recession to make sure the pockets stay gone and the tissue remains healthy.

With scaling and root planing, gum disease can be successfully treated. We invite you to schedule an appointment if you think you have gum disease. We can be reached at 215-463-6677. At Periodontal Consultants in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, our periodontist, Dr. Ali M Arastu, along with the rest of our team look forward to helping you!