Scaling & Root Planing - Oakdale, PA | Pittsburgh, PA
Halt the Progression of Gum Disease
Why Does Gum Infection Occur?
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Know the Stages of Gum Disease
Treating Infection at the Source
The purpose of scaling and root planing is to fight bacteria and infection at the source—the periodontal pockets around your teeth. This is not a surgical procedure, but depending on the case, we may invite you back to our Oakdale, PA, practice for multiple appointments and provide a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort. During the procedure, we will first use a dental scaler to scrape away the tartar buildup on the exposed surface of each tooth and below the gumline within the periodontal pockets. Removing this tartar reduces the presence of bacteria and can help halt the spread and progression of infection.
Next, we will complete root planing where we smooth the rough spots on tooth roots. This makes it more difficult for bacteria to become trapped in the grooves and helps healthy gum tissues reattach to the teeth. If needed, we may also administer antimicrobial agents within the periodontal pockets or prescribe oral antibiotics you’ll take for a few days to reduce the chances of infection progressing. We will continue to monitor infection of your gum tissues during each visit with our dentist in Oakdale, PA, and provide special “deep” cleanings to ensure the long-term health of your smile.
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