Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

Scaling & Root Planing

One of the more common categories of dental problems which we in our patients are gum related issues such as gingivitis and periodontal disease. The specific conditions seen vary depending on the severity of the bleeding or the advanced levels of deterioration displayed on the swollen gums. Periodontal Disease is a bacterial infection which penetrates into the gums and into the bone around your teeth, resulting in inflammation.  This infection causes your gums to pull away from the structures of your teeth, which, in turn, causes the bacteria to spread further into your gum line. Periodontal inflammation leads to bone loss, and can even lead to tooth loss, thus causing severe damage to your oral health. Preventative care such as good oral hygiene and regular dental check ups are imperative to inhibiting gum disease and allowing patients to maintain their teeth for longer. In attempt to stop the progression of gum disease, Yurovsky Dental offers periodontal therapy to resolve periodontal disease and preserve the arrangement of your teeth.

Scaling and Root Planing is the removal of bacteria which causes inflammation of the gum tissue and the surrounding bone areas.  Specifically, Scaling is the removal of the dental tartar and plaque which is attached to the tooth’s surface.  Root Planing targets cleaning the gum line and, even more importantly, cleaning the area of your teeth’s roots.  The procedure smooths the root surface, and removes any infected tooth structure. Our team of professionals will take into consideration your overall health, preferences and your hygienic care in order to devise a treatment that fits your restorative and periodontal needs.

Local anesthesia is employed in the Scaling and Root Planing procedure so that we are able to clean between the gums, and clean the teeth down to the roots.  This is typically done one-half of the mouth per appointment.

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Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling: Dr. Yurovsky first removes the upper level of infected calculus. Root Planing: Next, she smooths the root to reduce the ability of new bacteria to adhere.