The Truth about Scaling and Root Planing
By All Smiles Dentistry
December 14, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Scaling   Root Planing  

Find out more about your endodontic procedure beforehand.

Has dentist Dr. James Bonny just diagnosed you with gum disease? Before you start to feel defeated know that this happens to a lot of people. In fact, it’s believed that almost half of all American adults suffer from some form of gum disease. If you are one of them find out Scaling and Root Planing how scaling and root planing could help you at All Smiles Dentistry in Salem, UT.

What is scaling and root planing?

This is usually one of the first treatment options that are recommended for treating gum disease since it’s less invasive and often effective enough for those with mild to moderate cases. Scaling involves removing tartar and plaque from teeth, gums and tooth roots. Root planing involves smoothing down the tooth roots, as rough surfaces make it easier for plaque to stick.

Why did my Salem general dentist, Dr. James Bonny, recommend that I get scaling and root planing?

If your gum disease has been diagnosed early enough (e.g. gingivitis) then scaling and root planing may be the best and only treatment you may need. Those with more severe cases can benefit from scaling and root planing but may also require surgery. When you come in for a consultation we will be able to better assess whether scaling and root planing will be all you’ll need.

How is this procedure done?

Scaling and root planing is performed under local anesthesia to eliminate any discomfort during treatment. Once the anesthesia has numbed the area we will use specialized dental instruments and scalers to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and under the gum line.

Sometimes this treatment can be performed in just one longer visit, as is usually the case with patients who have gingivitis (one of the earliest forms of gum disease). Those with more advanced cases may require four different visits, working on one-quarter of the mouth at a time. During your consultation, your dentist Dr. Bonny at All Smiles Dentistry in Salem will be able to determine which option is better for you and your condition.

If you are dealing with gum disease and looking for the best treatment options in Salem, UT then turn to All Smiles Dentistry for the oral care you deserve. Schedule an appointment with us today!

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