Scaling and root planing is a more formal term for “deep cleaning.” It’s a straightforward procedure that is the gold standard for treating gum disease or chronic periodontitis. Dr. Tse may recommend a scaling and root planing if you have the beginning signs of periodontal disease, including swelling, redness, bleeding or recession within the gums. In most cases, early gum disease can be completely reversed with a successful scaling and root planing. As with any of our preventive dental services at Short Pump Family Dentistry, we take extra measures to keep you informed and comfortable at every step.
During a scaling and root planing, Dr. Tse will remove the hardened plaque and bacteria from beneath the gum line and within the deep pockets of gum tissue that have formed due to the periodontal infection. Next, we will polish and smooth the surfaces of the tooth roots in order to encourage the gums to reattach and heal. By effectively removing plaque and tartar deep within the gums, we can eliminate the bacteria toxins that irritate these soft tissues and stop the progression of gum disease.
If you have mild to moderate gum disease, we invite you to schedule a deep cleaning with Richmond’s most trusted dental practice. Gum disease is a serious condition that can lead to tooth loss and overall health risks if untreated.
When caught early and treated with scaling and root planing, gum disease is easily reversed. Most patients will need to plan on two or more separate visits for a deep cleaning, as it is often performed on one or two quadrants of the mouth at a time. If you are anxious about your upcoming procedure, please let us know. We are happy to offer sedation dentistry and address your specific concerns or fears.
Restore your gum health with professional periodontal treatments in Richmond. Call (804) 326-5426 today to schedule an appointment. We treat patients of all ages in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere.