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If you are diagnosed with periodontal disease, one of the first treatments our dentist may recommend is scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing is one of the most common and effective treatments used to manage gum disease and prevent it from becoming more severe.

There are two main steps involved in this treatment:

  1. Scaling — Scaling involves removing plaque and tartar from the tooth surface.
  2. Root Planing — Root planing involves cleaning the roots of the teeth to remove plaque and bacterial toxins and smoothing the roots to encourage healing.

The purpose of scaling and root planing is to halt the progress of the disease by removing the factors that cause and contribute to it. By removing the bacteria, plaque and tartar from the teeth, the spread of gum disease is halted, and your mouth is encouraged to heal.

Most scaling and root planing treatments can be completed without the use of anesthetic. However, anesthetic and other comfort options are available should you need them. Your scaling and root planing treatment may also be split into several appointments in order to ensure that each section of your mouth is thoroughly cleaned and receives the necessary treatment.

Scaling and root planing may also be combined with other periodontal treatments, such as antibiotic therapy, depending on your individual needs.

For more information about scaling and root planing in Orange, California, and to schedule a consultation with our experienced dentist, please contact OS Dental today at 714.823.3344.