When patients may requiring scaling and root planing

If you have gum disease, or periodontal disease, you may need to treat your smile with a procedure known as root scaling and planing. This procedure treats the infection that, without treatment, can progress and eventually lead to the loss of teeth, bone, and soft tissues. At Taylor Street Dental in Springfield, MA, we recommend patients visit the dental office at least twice a year so we can prevent gum disease and monitor the health of the smile. During a routine visit with our team, patients can have plaque and tartar removed through thorough cleaning before they contribute to gum disease development. Scaling and root planing procedures can be performed to help bring the smile back to health.

What is done during scaling and root planing?

Scaling and root planing is a procedure that removes plaque and tartar from the teeth, similar to the deep cleaning provided during recall appointment. However, this method is more invasive to ensure the condition is treated effectively. Our dental team uses specialized tools to remove plaque and tartar from not only the teeth, but from underneath the gum tissue. Roots often experience plaque buildup, so scaling them with these instruments to smooth out rough spots is beneficial in reversing the problems associated with periodontal disease.

What can I expect from my scaling and root planing appointment?

Most patients can expect this procedure to be done over the course of several appointments. This is because of the methodology used to effectively clean the teeth. Patients who undergo this treatment will have local anesthetics used to reduce discomfort, and our team may talk to patients about anxiety treatment methods such as sedation to help them relax.

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Drs. David Peck, Pablo Velastegui, and Mahmoud Homsi of Springfield, MA are dedicated to helping patients achieve better oral health and wellness through periodontal procedures. If you live in the area and have recently received a diagnosis of periodontal disease, it is important to have this condition treated as soon as possible to avoid progression and worsening. Call (413) 781-7645 and visit us at 41 Taylor Street on the fourth floor.

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