The Advantages of Scaling and Root Planing

If you have ever had a periodontal infection, your dentist may have recommended scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing is like a deep cleaning, and can effectively eradicate bacteria in the early stages of periodontal disease. Bacteria and plaque are cleared away and the tooth surface is smoothed, restoring the damage caused by gum disease in Leesburg, VA

What is Scaling and Root Planing?

When you have a routine cleaning, your hygienist removes plaque and tartar from your teeth. Your dental professional will also polish your teeth in order to smooth them and remove any stains. Scaling and root planing is performed in a similar manner with a few key differences:

Advantages of Scaling and Root Planing

Once you have had treatment for periodontal disease, even when it is a non-surgical treatment like scaling and root planing, your dentist will recommend periodontal maintenance visits. They are typically performed on a three to four month basis, a more frequent schedule than routine cleanings, but are highly effective at protecting your smile from the bleeding gums and bone loss of gum disease. For more information about periodontal disease and available treatments, contact our office today. Dr. Jean-Claude Kharmouche would be happy to discuss your concerns with you in a one-on-one consultation.