Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

Scaling & Root Planing

Teeth require a great deal of attention, especially if you want to keep them in the best shape possible. Teeth can end up irreparably damaged if proper steps are not taken for periodontal treatment. When tartar and plaque accumulate on the teeth, bacteria form, leading to gingivitis and other gum-related issues.

Sometimes referred to as deep dental cleaning, scaling, and root planing, it is a procedure that aims to remove plaque (a soft yellow-grayish substance that adheres to the tooth’s surface). The treatment prevents the onset of gum disease by properly eradicating cavities.

Gum-related issues are one of the more common categories of dental problems we see in our patients. Such as gingivitis and periodontal disease; the specific conditions seen vary depending on the severity of the bleeding or swelling of the gums.

Periodontal Disease and Gum Disease

Periodontal Disease is a bacterial infection that penetrates into the gums and the bone around your teeth, resulting in inflammation. This infection causes your gums to pull away from your teeth’s structure, which causes the bacteria to spread further into your gum line. Periodontal inflammation, if left untreated, leads to bone loss and can even lead to tooth loss, thus causing severe damage to your oral health.

Preventative care, including good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups, is imperative for inhibiting gum disease. This allows patients to maintain their teeth for longer. In an attempt to stop the progression of gum disease, Dr. Renee Yurovsky offers patients periodontal therapy to resolve periodontal disease and preserve the arrangement of your teeth.

Scaling and Root Planing Philadelphia

Scaling and root planing are the removals of bacteria that causes swelling of the gum tissue and the surrounding bone areas. Specifically, scaling is the removal of the dental tartar and dental-plaque, which is attached to the tooth’s surface. Root planing targets cleaning underneath the gum line and, even more importantly, the area around the tooth root. The procedure smooths the root surface and removes any infected tooth structure.

Our team of professionals will take into consideration your overall dental health and hygiene to devise a dental treatment that fits your restorative and periodontal needs.

Local anesthesia is employed in the scaling and root planing procedure to clean between the gums and clean the teeth down to the roots; this is typically done on one-half of the mouth per appointment.

Call the dental office of Dr. Renee Yurovsky at 215-545-1202 to schedule an appointment with our experienced dentist and learn more about scaling and root planing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Post-Op Instructions
For Scaling & Root Planing

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Scaling and Root Planing
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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.