Scaling & Root Planing Palm Desert

Deep Teeth Cleaning in Rancho Mirage, Cathedral City, & Indio

What is Scaling and Root Planing?

The initial stage of treatment for periodontal disease is usually a thorough cleaning that may include scaling or root planing, also called deep teeth cleaning. The objective of these non-surgical procedures is to remove etiologic agents such as dental plaque and tartar, or calculus, which cause gingival inflammation and disease. Scaling and root planing can be used as a stand-alone treatment, or a preventative measure. They are commonly preformed on cases of gingivitis and moderate to severe periodontal disease.

When was the last time you had a deep teeth cleaning? Scaling & Root Planing is essential to promoting healthy gums and preventative dental care.

Call ☎ 760-568-3421 with any questions or to make an appointment.

GIF Demonstrating Dental Scaling
GIF Demonstrating Dental Root Planing
Scaling:
When scaling is performed, calculus and plaque that attaches to the tooth surfaces is removed. The process especially targets the area below the gum line, along the root. Scaling is performed with a special dental tool called an ultrasonic scaling tool. The scaling tool usually includes an irrigation process that can be used to deliver an antimicrobial agent below the gums to help reduce oral bacteria.
Root Planing:
Root planing is performed in order to remove cementum and surface dentin that is embedded with unwanted microorganisms, toxins and tartar. The root of the tooth is literally smoothed, which promotes healing, and also helps prevent bacteria from easily colonizing in the future.

What do the procedures entail?

Dr. Lagos will only perform scaling and root planing after a thorough examination of the mouth, which may include taking x-rays and visually examining the mouth. Depending on the condition of the gums, the amount of tartar present, the depth of the pockets, and the progression of periodontitis, Dr. Lagos may recommend scaling and root planing. In some cases, a local anesthesia may be used during the procedure.

Antibiotics or irrigation with anti-microbials (chemical agents or mouth rinses) may be recommended to help control the growth of bacteria that create toxins and cause periodontitis. In some cases, Dr. Lagos may place antibiotic fibers in the periodontal pockets after scaling and planing. This may be done to control infection and to encourage normal healing.

When deep pockets between teeth and gums are present, it is difficult for Dr. Lagos to thoroughly remove plaque and tartar. Patients can seldom, if ever, keep these pockets clean and free of plaque. Consequently, surgery may be needed to restore periodontal health.

Benefits of Treatment

If treatment is successful, scaling and planing may have many periodontal benefits. One is that it can help prevent disease. Research has proven that bacteria from periodontal infections can travel through the blood stream and affect other areas of the body, sometimes causing heart and respiratory diseases. Scaling and root planing remove bacteria that cause these conditions.

Another benefit of treatment is protecting teeth against tooth loss. When gum pockets exceed 3mm in depth, the risk for periodontal disease increases. As pockets deepen, more bacteria are able to colonize, eventually causing a chronic inflammatory response by the body to destroy gingival and bone tissue. This leads to tooth loss.

Finally, scaling and root planing may make the mouth more aesthetically pleasing, and should reduce bad breath caused from food particles and bacteria in the oral cavity. Superficial stains on the teeth will be removed during scaling and planing, adding an extra bonus to the procedures.

For more information about Scaling and Root Planing or to schedule a consultation
with Dr. Lagos, call our office at Palm Desert Office Phone Number 760-568-3421.

Scaling and Root Planing Overview

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LAGOS Periodontics & Dental Implants

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there are not enough stars for everyone in this office!!! I have had deep cleaning,bone grafting, cleaning,etc. I was told before I came here by two other dentists that I had a gum infection and needed to see a periodontist and have the tooth pulled. the P.periodonist that I went to said I was not a candidate for an implant as i had too much bone loss and there was a good chance that i could loose the tooth,before my next app.in two days THIS WAS MY FRONT TOOTH!!!!! I decided to get another opinion and by what i am sure was heavenly intervention i found this incredibly wonderful office. from the front desk. to the nurses even the décor was so exceptional. but then i met Dr. Lagos,HE WAS SO CONFIDENT OF WHAT COULD BE DONE AND EXPLAINED THE OPTIONS IN SUCH A COMFORTING,CONCERNING WAY HE IS SIMPLY THE BEST ANY ONE WOULD BE LUCKY TO BE IN HIS CARE BECAUSE HE TRULY DOES CARE. by the way my ordeal started seven months ago and i still have my front tooth, thanks to Dr. Lagos and his excellent care

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Extremely satisfied with all procedures.

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Dr. Lagos has been providing me dental care for the last 3 years. I needed a dental implant and he did a terrific job. I recommend him.

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Very friendly and great work.

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Having spent a great deal of time in a dentist chair in many locations, I'm quite aware of the value of professionalism, expertise and excellent skills in explaining complicated procedures. Dr. Lagos rates at the highest level in all these categories, as well as knowledge of the latest technologies available in his field. Their staff and offices are of highest quality and rank a some of the best I've experienced. The outcome of my procedure was exactly as described and their follow-up was equally excellent.

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Very professional.

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Procedure was explained well. Staff is professional. This is my second implant with Dr. Lagos. I am very happy with his work and the follow up. Dr. Lagos is kind and caring.

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Dr. Lago's was an excellent Dr. He is not only very skilled at his profession but is extremely gentle and explains what he is doing before the procedure as well as during the process. I have already sent friends to him and highly recommend him.

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I'm very pleased with the work that was done. Dr. Lagos does quality work and is very particular about what he does.

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Well satisfied with service

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over all excellent service would recommend dr.lagos for any procedure, especially dental implants. he is very patient and attentative.

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I love this office. Equipment and back office staff are incredible. Dr. Lagos is caring, explains options and procedures thoroughly and does excellent work. The only thing they could do better is make sure prior authorizations are done before the day of the appointment, however, the most important things here are all done well.

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I enjoy coming here. Dr. Lagos is great. Everyone here is very professional.

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Love this office and Dr. Lagos. Selina is great and couldn't ask for better person to clean my teeth.

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Dr. Rodrigo Lagos is outstanding in his field. He is professional and a man of great integrity. He did an impeccable job with my implants. No one wants to hear they need dental implants at age 57, especially the front lower teeth, but that's what happened to me. While I was quite nervous and stressed about the process, Dr. Lagos took the time to explain the "big picture" of what I needed done, what my options were, and also explained the procedure every step of the way. His office staff is knowledgeable and kind, and they too were very helpful throughout the entire process. I know most of us quiver at the thought of having major dental work, but overall it was a pleasant experience and, best of all, I am thrilled with the results. I can honestly say that I highly recommend him.

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This was my second implant, I choose to be sedated the second time and found it easier for me. The doctors skill made a it easy choose him for my second implant. I also found the staff to be very helpful with the pre-op and follow up. I highly recommend Doctor Lagos for implant and advance dental care.

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