Treat Gums Disease with Scaling & Root Planing

Smiling woman in dental chairPeriodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is a very common oral infection that can quickly grow to threaten healthy teeth and jawbone structure if it’s left untreated for too long. At Adirondack Periodontics, Dr. Davis offers scaling and root planing as an effective therapy option for patients in need. As a periodontal specialist, he is the ideal doctor in the Plattsburgh, NY area to help patients preserve their smiles and regain oral health. Contact us today if you have any questions, or if you’re ready to schedule an appointment.

What Happens During Scaling and Root Planing?

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Scaling and root planing is performed in two distinct sections, and typically over the span of multiple appointments as well. First, Dr. Davis will start with the scaling procedure. Our team will use special dentist instruments to eliminate plaque and tartar from the teeth, above the gum line, and under the gum line. Our goal is to remove decay-causing bacteria from these crucial areas as comprehensively as possible.

Then, during the root planing procedure, Dr. Davis will focus on the rough areas along the tooth roots, which are likely targets for plaque. Our goal is to smooth the root surfaces in order to more successfully promote periodontal healing and minimize the risk of bacteria recolonizing in the future.

What are the Benefits of Scaling and Root Planing?

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Scaling and root planing will have different purposes depending on the severity of the patient’s periodontal disease. If the infection is at a moderate level, this procedure may be effective enough as a stand-alone treatment. However, advanced cases may regularly require scaling and root planing in order to prevent extensive damage.

Here are some of the benefits that scaling and root planing can provide:

  • Improved breath – Severe halitosis (bad breath) is a common symptom of periodontal disease, and it should be alleviated with the type of in-depth cleaning that scaling and root planing provides.
  • Prevention of disease – The bacteria that’s responsible for periodontal disease can easily travel to other parts of the body, and studies have even shown that serious health disorders like lung infections and heart disease may have connections to the presence of periodontal bacteria. By eliminating them, our team strives to help patients stay healthier.
  • Protected teeth – Natural teeth are threatened by the advancement of periodontal disease. In fact, this health problem is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the United States. Scaling and root planing can prevent the destruction of healthy tissue and bone and keep your smile safely intact.
  • Aesthetic improvements – Superficial staining will be removed during the process of scaling and root planing.