Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

Scaling & Root Planing

Periodontal Disease is a bacterial infection that penetrates into the gums and into the bone around your teeth causing inflammation.   This infection essentially causes your gums to pull away from the structures of your teeth causing the bacteria to spread further into your gum line. Periodontal inflammation leads to bone loss and possibly even tooth loss causing severe damage to your oral health. 

Scaling and Root Planing is the removal of bacteria that is causing inflammation to the gum tissue and surrounding bone areas.  Specifically, Scaling is the removal of dental tartar and plaque that is attached to the tooth’s surface.  Root Planing targets cleaning the gum line and even more importantly cleaning the area of your teeth’s roots.  The procedure smooths the root service and removes any infected tooth structure.

Local anesthesia is used during the Scaling and Root Planing procedure as a means to be able to clean between the gums and the teeth down to the roots.  It is normally done one half of the mouth per appointment.

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Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling: Dr. Yurovsky first removes the upper level of infected calculus. Root Planing: Next, she smooths the root to reduce the ability of new bacteria to adhere.