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Scaling & Root Planing

The first line of defense against gum disease


Early Treatment Of Gum Disease Prevents Future Problems

Many times, the early stages of periodontal disease are best treated with non-surgical therapy. Scaling / Root Planing procedures entail a careful cleaning of the crown and root surfaces under the gums to remove bacteria, toxins, and tartar (calculus) that build up in the pocket. In order to maximize patient comfort, a local anesthetic is used. Nitrous oxide analgesia can also be administered to help alleviate apprehension.

There are several treatment modalities which may reduce or eliminate the need for surgery. This is the mechanical removal of dental plaque and calculus (commonly referred to as tartar) from the tooth and root surface below the gum line. The mechanical removal of plaque and tartar results in a significant decrease in disease causing bacteria in the periodontal pocket. This is typically done with a topical anesthetic, although a local anesthetic may be required in advanced cases. Removal of these disease causing bacteria result in an immediate and often dramatic improvement in the way your mouth looks and feels. In some cases, the occlusion (bite) may require adjustment.

Even in most severe cases of periodontal disease, non-surgical periodontal therapy precedes surgical therapy. This is done so that the overall tissue quality is improved prior to surgery. It may also reduce the field of required Osseous Surgery.



Scaling and root planing provide deep cleaning for teeth and can ensure that the gums supporting the teeth are clean and healthy. At Madison Avenue Periodontics, we will examine your teeth and gums to determine if you have gum disease and if scaling and root planning is a proper treatment for you.”

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