Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)

Periodontal disease or gum disease, is an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place. It is typically caused by poor brushing and flossing habits that lead to buildup on the surface of the tooth near the gum line. The plaque hardens over time to form tartar, which gradually erodes the tooth enamel. When periodontal disease is present, a regular prophy (cleaning) above the gum line will not sufficiently treat the disease. Using anesthetic, our dental hygienist removes the tartar from both above and below the gum line, and removes rough spots on the tooth root where bacteria accumulates. This gives your gums a chance to heal.

Sometimes gum disease can progress to a point where it is recommended that you see a periodontal specialist. Periodontists are dentistry’s experts in treating periodontal disease. They receive up to three additional years of specialized training in periodontal disease treatment in both non-surgical treatments and periodontal plastic surgery procedures. Periodontists are also experts in replacing missing teeth with dental implants.
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