Periodontal Scaling & Root Planing

Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy in Glendora

glendora non-surgical periodontal therapyAt Anna Lee, DDS, we strive to provide effective periodontal treatments that are also conservative. Scaling and root planing can be both a stand-alone treatment and a preventative measure. These procedures work well as preventive care for those suffering from periodontitis.

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Purpose of Scaling and Root Planing

The main objective of scaling and root planing is to remove toxins that cause inflammation, which can damage gum tissue and bone. Common infectious substances removed by periodontal therapy include tartar (calculus) and dental plaque.

Scaling and root planing are effective non-surgical procedures that cleanse the tissues surrounding the teeth entirely. They work very effectively for individuals suffering from gingivitis (mild gum inflammation) and moderate to severe periodontal disease.

Fighting Periodontal Disease with Scaling and Root Planing

scaling and root planing to fight periodontal diseasePeriodontal infection results from a buildup of oral bacteria. The bacteria then travel via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Studies show a link between heart disease and lung infections to excessive periodontal bacteria. Scaling and root planing are effective treatments that remove bacteria, stop periodontal disease progression, and prevent the bacteria from moving to other parts of the body.

What Does the Treatment Include?

A thorough examination of the mouth is done before performing scaling and root planing treatment. Dr. Lee diagnoses the periodontal condition after reviewing the x-rays and measuring the gum pockets.  Depending on the amount of tartar present, the depth of the pockets, and the condition of your gums, we may use a local anesthetic before proceeding.

  • Scaling: This procedure is usually performed with special dental instruments and may include an ultrasonic scaling device. A scaling tool effectively removes plaque and tartar from the surface of the tooth and the root surfaces. The scaling process often includes irrigation and delivery of an antimicrobial agent below the gums to reduce oral bacteria.
  • Root Planing: This procedure is a specific treatment that removes unwanted microorganisms, toxins, and tartar embedded on the root surface of the tooth. The smooth root surface of the tooth prevents accumulation of tartar and prevents bone loss. 

What Happens After Scaling and Root Planing?

During the next appointment, our team will thoroughly examine the gums again to see if the pockets have healed. If the pockets measure over 3mm in depth, additional treatments may be recommended.

Additional Benefits of Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults. Scaling and root planing helps to arrest this disease, improves your smile, and promotes oral health. The additional benefits include:

Aesthetic Boost: Scaling and root planing  removes plaque and tartar from the teeth and below the gumline. As a bonus, if surface stains are present on the teeth, the scaling and root planing procedure will remove them.

Better Breath: Scaling and root planing eliminates halitosis (bad breath).  Food particles increase the buildup of bacteria, causing a persistent foul odor in the mouth. 

Tooth and Bone Protection: The risk of periodontal disease increases when gum pockets exceed 3mm in depth.  Deep pockets hold more colonies of oral bacteria and destroy gum and bone tissue, leading to tooth loss. 

Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment to Promote Optimal Oral Health

Dr. Anna Lee has provided professional scaling and root planing to encourage lasting dental health. Periodontal and gum disease treatment is available in Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Covina, West Covina, Diamond Bar, Claremont, Azusa, Walnut, Monrovia, Irwindale, and Duarte. Call today and schedule your appointment!



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