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.
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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 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 or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lagos, call our Palm Desert office at Periodontist Office in Palm Desert Phone Number 760-568-3421
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LAGOS Periodontics & Dental Implants
I am very happy that I chose Dr Lagos and his team for my dental treatment. The moment that I entered his beautiful state of the art office, I was truly impressed. I also ...really appreciate the way Dr Lagos interacts with and treats his team...he always tells them thank you. Dr Lagos is caring, thorough and very professional. He wants to make sure the patient understands everything. I highly recommend this outstanding Periodontal Office.
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I was welcome as I entered the Periodontist Office & greeted by all the staff by my name. Wait time is always very short. My exam included digital x-rays to 3-D cone scan & a visual mouth exam. Every procedure was explained to me and I was given several alternatives from great to the best. Be prepared, Dr. Lagos is enthusiastic, conscientious and takes pride in his work! He is all business and ready to serve you as an individual, listens & will fulfill your needs. I had no complications even though I'm a patient full of challenges. Several procedures were completed: Bone graphing, sinus lift, removal of teeth and dental implants. My experience was awesome! Be patient it can be a long process for a beautiful smile. I am so very pleased I trusted Dr. Lagos. Professional service from Dr. Lagos & staff is very much appreciated. I would recommend Dr. Lagos to anyone who wants the best special care & dental Implants! Debra~
- Debra T
I have been treated well by office staff and by DDS Lagos. Very professional service. Every thing was done on a timely manner. Thank you , for your professional service. I will recommend your services to other people.
- Robert Hodges V
Dr. Lagos is an excellent doctor. He takes time to explain everything and answers all questions. His technique and skill are excellent. He is fair and honest about cost and alternatives.
- Bruce W
Excellent care. Highly recommend
- Barbara Todd A
Office worked well with my schedule and with my regular dentist. Extremely helpful and explained the procedures in such a manner that they were easy to understand
- Donald L
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
- dee k
Extremely satisfied with all procedures.
- Raymond K
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.
- Martin S
Very friendly and great work.
- Austin M
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.
- Peter C
- Albert K
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.
- Rita R
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.
- Sharon K
I'm very pleased with the work that was done. Dr. Lagos does quality work and is very particular about what he does.
- Robert B
Well satisfied with service
- Carl E
over all excellent service would recommend dr.lagos for any procedure, especially dental implants. he is very patient and attentative.
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.
- Robert B