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Scaling & Root Planing

Dental scaling and root planing (also known as "deep cleaning") is a non-surgical periodontal procedure performed by dental professionals to treat gum disease, specifically periodontitis. It involves the thorough cleaning of the teeth and the surfaces of the tooth roots to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria that have accumulated below the gumline. It may also involve the use of antimicrobial agents or antibiotics to control infection and promote healing. The procedure is typically performed in multiple visits, with each visit focusing on a specific section of the mouth. Local anesthesia may be used to numb the area and ensure patient comfort during the procedure.

Scaling is the process of removing plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces, both above and below the gumline. Special dental instruments, such as scalers and ultrasonic devices, are used to carefully remove these deposits. This helps eliminate the bacteria and toxins that contribute to gum inflammation and disease.

Root planing involves smoothing the rough surfaces of the tooth roots to remove any remaining bacteria and promote the healing of the gum tissue. This process helps the gums reattach to the teeth and reduces the likelihood of further plaque and tartar buildup.

Dental scaling and root planing are important in treating gum disease as they help control infection, reduce inflammation, and prevent the progression of periodontal disease. Following the procedure, patients are often advised to maintain good oral hygiene practices, such as regular brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings, to prevent the recurrence of gum disease. In some cases, additional treatments or maintenance visits may be recommended to manage the condition effectively.

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