The Scaling and Root Planing Procedure

Tooth Loss Risk Increases With Pocket Depth

Scaling and root planing treatment is most effective in the early stages of gum disease and can help to reduce periodontal pocket depths up to two or three millimeters on average.

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Treating Gum Disease with Deep Dental Cleaning in Fairfield, CT

Scaling and root planing is one of many therapies utilized to treat gum disease. If you have an infection of the gum tissue, the doctors at Demartin Dental Associates may recommend localized antibiotic therapy, scaling and root planing, or gum surgery, depending upon the severity of your condition. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to the loss of teeth and bone over time. If you are experiencing signs of gum disease, you may require scaling and root planing. Call our office to schedule your deep dental cleaning in Fairfield, CT. Symptoms of gum disease may include:

  • Chronic bad breath
  • Bleeding or swollen gums
  • Gum recession
  • Loose or shifting teeth

Why Do I Need a Deep Dental Cleaning in Fairfield, CT?

The plaque that builds up on your teeth accumulates bacteria. Normally, both the plaque and bacteria are removed through regular brushing and flossing but if oral hygiene is neglected, the bacteria will infect the gum tissue, causing your periodontal tissue to pull away from the tooth surface and form deep pockets. These pockets allow even more bacteria to collect, damaging the supportive fibers and bone that hold your teeth in place. Scaling and root planing can remove the bacteria, plaque, and tartar beneath the gum line, affording your soft tissue the opportunity to heal.

What is Scaling and Root Planing?

Local anesthetic may be administered at the treatment sites for your comfort before scaling and root planing treatments are performed using ultrasonic and handheld dental instruments. Scaling removes the tartar from your tooth surfaces while planing refers to a smoothing of the root and tooth structures.

Plaque forms both below and above the gum line, accumulating bacteria. The bacteria can create pits and grooves in the tooth surface. These rough surfaces must be planed to ensure the health of your teeth and gums. The goal of scaling and root planing is to reduce periodontal pockets, which are measured in millimeters, protecting your gum tissue and bone from the advancement of gum disease.

Once scaling and root planing is performed, a periodontal maintenance program will be recommended to hopefully avoid the need for another scaling and root planing procedure in the future. To schedule your consultation with Demartin Dental Associates in Fairfield, CT, contact our office today.

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Demartin Dental Associates
69 Sherman Street
Fairfield, CT 06824

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We have been providing excellent dental care to our patients of all age groups in Fairfield County, Connecticut for almost five decades. Being in the same location for 50 years has made us distinguished in the community. We have built a rewarding relationship with the county and its people. They trust us with their dental care needs and we are committed to their oral health.