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Scaling and Root Planing

Deep Cleaning Is The First Step In A Periodontal

If you are suffering from gum disease, also known as periodontitis, the dentists and hygienists at Value Dental Centers will typically recommend scaling and root planing. Also known as a deep cleaning, this treatment will eliminate bacteria buildup from your teeth, above and below the gum line. Scaling and root planing will also reduce your risk for additional gum disease damage. And because gum disease is chronic, a deep cleaning is the first step in a periodontal maintenance program to keep gum disease under control.

What are Scaling and Root Planing?

During your scaling and root planing treatment, the hygienist will first numb your gums with local anesthesia. Next, he or she will scale your teeth, removing plaque and tartar, and thoroughly cleaning pockets of bacteria along the gum line. Root planing involves reshaping rough areas on teeth roots to make them smooth, so plaque cannot easily accumulate. During the procedure, you should feel nothing but light pressure, however you may experience minimal dental sensitivity for a few days afterwards.

Who Needs Scaling and Root Planing?

Scaling and root planing are the most common treatment for patients experiencing gum disease (periodontitis). This condition is caused by bacteria buildup along the gum line, which eventually leads to pain and discomfort, as well as:

  • Gum recession
  • Loose teeth
  • Pus at the gum line
  • Sensitive teeth and gums
  • Red, inflamed gums
  • Bleeding when brushing/flossing
  • Chronic bad breath

Benefits of Deep Cleanings

A deep cleaning could save your smile as well as your life. If gum disease goes untreated, the bacteria buildup could lead to significant pain, loss of teeth, and gum and jawbone recession. As the bacteria spread to other parts of your body, your risk for more serious health conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart attack, or a stroke, will increase.

Schedule Your Consultation Today!

We are just a phone call a way to help care for all of your dental needs. Contact the Value Dental Center in your area to schedule a scaling and root planning treatment to help restore the sparkle to your smile.

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