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Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and Root Planing in Palm Desert, CA

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Scaling and root planing are non-surgical treatments that remove plaque and tartar buildup, as well as smooth the root surface. 

When are scaling and root planing needed?

Scaling and root planing may be necessary when a patient is suffering from gum disease. Gum disease, known as gingivitis, is a bacterial infection that affects the gums. It causes gums to become inflamed and bleed easily. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss.

Scaling and root planing - Procedure

During a scaling and root planing procedure, the dentist will use specialized tools to scrape away plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line. The dentist will then smooth the root surfaces to help prevent plaque and tartar from accumulating again in the future.

Scaling and root planing are often used to treat gum disease and may be performed in preparation for periodontal surgery.

When are scaling and root planing necessary?

Scaling and root planing are important tools for treating gum disease. If gum disease is left untreated, it can cause serious health problems, including an increased risk for heart disease and stroke.

What are the benefits of scaling and root planing?

Scaling and root planing can treat a number of oral health concerns, including the following:

  • Resolves gum disease

If you have gum disease, then scaling and root planing may be the best solution for you. Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning treatment that removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line. 

  • Prevents tooth loss

Scaling and root planing is used to treat periodontitis, which is an infection in the gums that causes the gums to pull away from the teeth. This infection can cause pockets to form around the teeth. These pockets trap food particles and bacteria that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Scaling and root planing can remove these pockets to prevent tooth loss.

  • Improves oral health

Scaling and root planing improves oral health in several ways. It removes tartar and plaque from the surface of the teeth and along the gum line. This facilitates better hygiene, which is a major factor in good oral health. Removing tartar and plaque helps gums heal and become healthy again.

  • Reduces bad breath
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Bad breath is often the result of excess plaque and bacteria, which get caught between the teeth after eating. Bacteria feed on food and release foul-smelling byproducts. Scaling and root planing removes plaque and bacteria from below the gum line, which can help reduce bad breath and halitosis.

  • Reduces inflammation

When your gums have an infection, it can make your gums red, swollen, and bleed easily. This can lead to the buildup of plaque and tartar, which can irritate your gums even more. Scaling and root planing can remove the buildup from your gums, reducing your risk of periodontal disease.

At LAGOS Periodontics & Dental Implants, Rodrigo A. Lagos, DDS, MS, practices a full scope of periodontics with expertise in preventive periodontics, cosmetic periodontal surgery, gum grafting, and dental implants. To schedule an appointment, call us at 760-568-3421 or visit our practice at 36945 Cook St.Suite 101, Palm Desert, CA 92260. 

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