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Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing is essential for patients who have gingivitis, gum disease, or if it’s been a long time since the patient’s last dental cleaning. This procedure is essential for cleaning around and under the surface of the teeth to take care of calculus buildup, tartar, and inflammation.

What is a Scaling and Root Planing?  

Many dental professionals refer to root scaling and planing as a deeper dental cleaning. Dental scaling is a non surgical way to treat gum disease. Plaque gets trapped in pockets caused by your gums pulling away from your teeth and forming spaces where bacteria can grow, causing gum disease. If left untreated gum disease could lead to bone or tooth loss. Our team at Dental Care of Norwalk will use specialized instruments, similar to ones we use for regular cleanings, to deep clean both around the tooth, and into the small pockets around the tooth to get buildup that’s found deep underneath the gum line. Doing this kind of cleaning removes plaque and tartar from your teeth and helps gums become healthy again. Root Planing involves smoothing of the tooth roots to allow the gums to reattach to the teeth; as well as smooth rough surfaces on the teeth that can eventually allow bacteria to get trapped. 

Who is a good candidate for a Root Scaling and Planing?

By having a regular dental exam, we here at Dental Care of Norwalk will be able to determine if you are a viable candidate for a scaling and root planing. However, some of the most common reasons it would be recommended include:

  • You have gingivitis
  • You have gum disease
  • It’s been a long time since your last dental cleaning
  • You have a lot of calculus and tartar buildup on your teeth

What to expect

Having a scaling and root planing procedure done is easy, quick and effective. It does an amazing job of correcting problems with excess buildup while maintaining a healthy and vibrant smile. We here at Dental Care of Norwalk will make the procedure as comfortable and convenient for you as possible.

If you would like to inquire more about scaling and root planing, contact us today and one of our friendly staff members would be happy to assist you with your questions (562) 863-5701!