Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing, along with proper daily brushing and flossing, is effective in treating gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease. Scaling and root planing also is a cost effective, minimally invasive, and non-surgical way to prevent and/or treat the more serious form of gum disease called periodontitis.
Root planing and scaling cleans between and below the gums as well as part of the root structure where a patient’s toothbrush cannot reach. At times our hygienists will place antibiotic fibers (Arestin) into the natural pockets between your teeth and gums with little or no discomfort. This antibiotic may decrease pocket depth, speed healing and prevent infection.
Adequate oral hygiene should be established upon completion of scaling and root planing and must be maintained to ensure the long-term health of your teeth and gums. Many special brushes, flosses, and rinses are available to help you maintain your oral hygiene. Similarly, continued regular hygiene visits, usually every 3 months, to our office are just as important to the continuing health of your mouth.
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If you would like to schedule an appointment to meet with our Woodbury dentists and assess whether dental implants, veneers, Invisalign, restorative dentistry or other cosmetic dental procedures are right for you, call today. Our staff will schedule an appointment and ensure you have time to meet with our doctors. They will evaluate your needs and help you decide the right dental procedures for your needs.