If you are diagnosed with periodontal disease, one of the first treatments Dr. Chris may recommend is scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing is a periodontal therapy designed to remove harmful bacteria from your mouth and prevent gum disease from developing further and becoming more severe. There are two parts involved in this treatment:
- Scaling – during which plaque and tartar are removed from the tooth surface
- Root planing – during which the roots of the teeth are cleaned to remove bacterial toxins and smoothed to help prevent the bacteria from returning
Scaling and root planing may require several appointments to complete, as each treatment session will involve thoroughly cleaning a specific section of your mouth. This treatment can usually be completed comfortably without an anesthetic, but our dentist will have anesthetic available if you need it. Our goal is always to provide quality care with comfort.
Scaling and root planing may also be combined with other periodontal therapies in order to maximize the benefits of your treatment. Most frequently, it is combined with antibiotic treatments to help kill harmful bacteria in your mouth.
If you have any questions about scaling and root planing in Laguna Niguel, California, and to make an appointment with Dr. Chris, call Smile Moderne today at (949) 554-1563.