If you’re suffering from gingivitis or mild periodontal disease, you may avoid painful treatments and surgery with periodontal scaling and root planing.
This “deep cleaning” is a method of treating periodontal disease when gum pockets are great
than 3 mm.
What Can I Expect From Scaling and Root Planing?
The method of scaling is used to remove plaque and tartar beneath the gum line. Using an instrument called an ultrasonic scaler, plaque and tartar are carefully removed down to the bottom of each pocket. The tooth’s
root surfaces are then smoothed and planed.
Benefits of Scaling and Root Planing
–Prevents bacteria from traveling to other parts of the body.
– Prevents tooth loss.
– Scaling and root planing helps remove tartar and plaque from the teeth and below the gumline, improving gum health and appearance.
– Eliminate bad breath-causing bacteria.
Easing your Pain and Discomfort
In order to ease your discomfort, a local anesthetic may be used. We may also prescribe antibiotics to help control the infection. All of these actions help the gum tissue to heal and the pockets to shrink making it easier for you to clean your teeth effectively. Contact Southern Minnesota Periodontics, P.A. today.
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