Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

Scaling & Root Planing

Periodontal Disease is a bacterial infection which penetrates into the gums and into the bone around your teeth, causing 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. 

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.

Local anesthesia is used during 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 normally done one-half of the mouth per appointment.

Post-Op Instructions
For Scaling & Root Planing

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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.