At Blue Ribbon Dental, we offer deep cleaning services, including scaling and root planing. Scaling is the removal of the dental tartar from the tooth surface. Root planing is the process of smoothing the root surfaces and removing infected tooth structure. These measures help fight gingivitis, a generative gum disease which will cause significant tooth and gum deterioration if left untreated.
When plaque and tartar gather on the teeth, they create an environment where bacteria thrive and multiply, resulting in inflamed and bleeding gums or gingivitis. At this early stage, gingivitis is easily treated with scaling and polishing. If left untreated, the condition will progress to periodontitis and the roots will need to be planed.
Scaling and planing are non-surgical procedures normally performed without any anesthesia. While the procedure is usually painless, patients suffering from the advanced stages of gingivitis or periodontitis may need to have the area numbed with local anesthetics or topical gel to experience complete comfort. Deep scaling and root planing are usually broken down into one section of the mouth per appointment, allowing for shorter visits and adequate healing time. Please call Blue Ribbon Dental to learn how you can achieve healthy gums and optimal oral health.