Scaling and Root Planing

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Periodontal disease is a condition affecting gum tissues that may require scaling and root planing.

Left untreated, this type of gum disease can lead to bone and tooth loss. A deep cleaning twice a year can prevent plaque and tartar from causing this issue. However, sometimes scaling and root planing is necessary.

How Does the Procedure Work?

The scaling and root planing procedure removes tartar and plaque underneath a patient’s gums. The dentist may use a metal dental device, lasers, or ultrasound energy. The dentist will break up this plaque and tartar before removing it.

Sometimes patients have plaque buildup in their roots alongside a tooth surface and gums. When this occurs, the dentist will remove the plaque and smooth out the areas, leading to healthy and functional teeth.

Smoothing out the root area lowers the risks of bacteria attacking the teeth.

How Long Does the Treatment Last?

If you need a scaling and root planing procedure, your dentist will likely require you to schedule four different appointments, each for addressing different parts of the mouth.

Is the Treatment Painful?

This procedure requires the dentist to numb your gums to prevent and eliminate pain or discomfort. The most common form of sedation is nitrous oxide, which allows you to relax while the dentist performs the treatment.

What Are the Benefits of This Treatment?

This treatment has many benefits, like:

  • Prevents diseases caused by bacteria traveling through a patient’s bloodstream
  • Protects against issues like tooth loss
  • Can make your mouth more aesthetically pleasing and even reduce bad breath

Call Charming Smiles of La Quinta Today

Regular dental cleaning sessions can prevent gum disease and tooth loss. However, a procedure like scaling and root planing may be necessary for a deeper cleaning.

Call our team at Charming Smiles of La Quinta at (760) 354-8376 to learn more about our dental care in La Quinta, CA!