Scaling and Root Planing

Early Treatment of Gum Disease Can Prevent Irreversible Damage

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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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What is Scaling and Root Planing?

Scaling and root planing therapy is a nonsurgical method of addressing periodontal disease. Patients who are unfamiliar with the terms “scaling” and “root planing” should understand that these words relate to the pockets that are formed as a result of gum disease and involves the process of removing deposits that develop beneath the gum line while smoothing the root surfaces. These pockets occur between the teeth and gums and are prime locations for bacteria to grow.

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Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing therapy is a nonsurgical method of addressing periodontal disease.
Scaling and Root Planing relate to the pockets that are formed during gum disease.
These pockets occur between the teeth and gums and are prime locations for bacteria to proliferate.

Because brushing and flossing cannot completely remove the bacteria that are trapped in the periodontal pockets,

a buildup begins. Plaque and calculus (tartar) deposits also accumulate in these areas, which are substances that can further erode the health of the mouth.

Through scaling and root planing in Longview, TX, Dr. Kovacs and Dr. Smith can help stop the spread of bacteria. During this procedure, we will apply a local anesthetic to the sites to be treated. After the sites are numbed, we will use instruments designed to clean the root surfaces of the teeth to remove any accumulated materials from the periodontal pockets. This deep cleans the area and allows the gums to heal, whereby the reattachment of the gums to the roots is encouraged.

Scaling and root planing therapy

along with proper homecare can arrest periodontal disease and help to keep this progressive infection from advancing. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Kovacs and Dr. Smith in Longview, TX, contact our offices today.

 As a new patient to our practice, we like to start by getting to know you better.

This begins with a thorough exam that introduces the patients to what a healthy mouth consists of. You should expect an experience unlike most other dental visits; informative and health-centered. Whether you require dental implants, LANAP® Laser Treatment, or any other procedure that we offer, we look forward to providing you with the exceptional oral care that you are looking for. If you have questions, please contact us. You can also send an appointment request through our convenient online form.

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