How scaling and root planing can help combat periodontal disease

Dental ScalingAt NW Heights Dental of Portland, OR, patients in the community can work with Dr. Keri Smith to address a wide range of concerns. Our team understands that patients want an attractive smile, and this is why our team educates patients on the dangers of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can become a serious threat to a patient’s oral health and wellness, and can cause irreversible damage. When diagnosed, it can be treated with a wide range of treatment options, including scaling and root planing.

What is scaling and root planing?

Drs. Keri Smith describe scaling and root planing as a dental procedure that is performed to deep clean the surfaces of the teeth. This cleaning gets down below the gumline to ensure plaque, tartar, and bacteria are removed. Periodontal pockets often form with periodontal disease, and it can be easy for these problems to harbor themselves within the gum tissue in this way. Scaling and root planing is often done with local anesthetics so patients are comfortable during the procedure. Scaling and root planing is best for the more advanced stages of gum disease where periodontal disease has settled underneath the gumline.

Scaling refers to the portion of treatment that is performed to remove tartar and plaque from the teeth and gums. By cleaning these areas, the dentist can promote the formation of healthy gum tissue to close gaps and pockets that have formed between the tissues and the teeth. Root planing best refers to the filing down of rough patches that may be present on the surfaces of the tooth roots. Smoothing these areas make it more difficult for plaque, tartar, and bacteria to cling to the teeth. After treatment, patients may also be prescribed with a special anti-bacterial rinse that can further treat infection that may be residing in the soft tissues.

Contact us to learn more about scaling and root planing procedures

If patients leave their periodontal disease untreated, they will suffer the consequences with the loss of natural tissue, bone, and teeth. Fortunately, with early diagnosis and treatment, many patients with periodontal disease can address the problem and maintain a healthy smile. If you are in need of treatment for periodontal disease and live in the area of Portland, OR, we welcome you to contact us to book an appointment. The team of NW Heights Dental of Portland can be reached by calling (503) 646-1463 and visiting us at 975 NW Salzman Road.

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