Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is one of the most common non-surgical treatments for periodontal disease. Periodontal scaling removes debris and bacteria from the crown and root surface of your teeth, including:
Root planing involves the scaling of the tooth and soft tissue below the gum line. This stops gum disease in its tracks, preventing it from spreading any further.
Effective Treatment for Gum Disease
Also known as “deep cleaning,” scaling and root planing is a very effective way of treating mild periodontitis. Once gum disease has been detected, scaling and root planing is usually the first course of action. Detecting gum disease early is essential in order for this procedure to work, which is why it is so important to keep up with your routine oral hygiene appointments as recommended by your hygienist.
If you begin to notice symptoms like red, swollen, or bleeding gums, contact our office right away for a periodontal screening. Our dentists can diagnose your condition in-house and provide preliminary treatment for early-stage periodontal disease, but if your periodontitis is advanced, we may need to refer you to our local periodontist for more specialized treatment.
The Benefits of Ultrasonic Scaling
Our professional team of hygienists use an ultrasonic scaler to perform scaling and root planing. Ultrasonic scalers use a vibrating tip to more effectively remove buildup both above and below your gum line. Treatment is faster and much more thorough with an ultrasonic scaler. As an added bonus, ultrasonic scaling is less irritating to your gums than traditional methods, greatly increasing your comfort level.
If you live in or around Southwest Denver and are experiencing the symptoms of gum disease, please contact Colorado Dental Arts today to schedule a periodontal screening.