Scaling and Root Planing

Dr. William Busch


Scaling and Root Planing

To treat gum disease
Scaling and Root Planing is typically recommended when the beginning stages of periodontal (gum) disease are diagnosed. This is a non-surgical procedure that treats, and reverses the early stages of periodontal disease.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is caused by plaque on your teeth. Plaque is always forming on your teeth, but if they are not cleaned properly, the bacteria in plaque can cause your gums to become inflamed. This can cause your gums to pull away from your teeth, forming spaces called pockets. Plaque gets caught within these pockets, which cannot be removed by regular brushing. If untreated, gum disease could lead to bone and tooth loss.

What is scaling and root planning?

Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning below the gumline used to treat gum disease. Scaling is when the dentist removes all of the plaque and tartar, above and below the gum line. Root planing is when the dentist goes in to smooth out your teeth roots to help your gums reattach to your teeth.

How can you prevent periodontal disease?

  • Brush with a soft toothbrush at least twice a day
  • Replace your toothbrush when the bristles are worn
  • Floss daily
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Avoid using tobacco

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