Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

Scaling & Root Planing

Teeth require a great deal of attention, especially if you want to keep them in the best shape possible. Teeth can end up irreparably damaged if proper steps are not taken for periodontal treatment. When tartar and plaque accumulate on the teeth, bacteria form, leading to gingivitis and other gum-related issues. Sometimes referred to as deep cleaning, scaling and root planing is a treatment that aims to remove plaque, a soft yellow-grayish substance that adheres to the tooth's surface. Through proper eradication of cavities, the treatment prevents the arrival of gum diseases. 

One of the more common categories of dental problems we see in our patients is gum-related issues such as gingivitis and periodontal disease. The specific conditions seen vary depending on the severity of the bleeding or the advanced deterioration levels displayed on the swollen gums. Periodontal Disease is a bacterial infection that penetrates into the gums and the bone around your teeth, resulting in inflammation. This infection causes your gums to pull away from your teeth' structures, which 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 for inhibiting gum disease and allowing patients to maintain their teeth for longer. In an 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’ 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 to devise a treatment that fits your restorative and periodontal needs.

Local anesthesia is employed in the scaling and root planing procedure to clean between the gums and clean the teeth down to the roots; this is typically 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.