What is Root Planing?

Have you ever wondered what would really happen if you don’t brush your teeth regularly? It turns out that we definitely have an answer for that question, and the news might not be so good. When dental hygiene habits are less than adequate, there is a greater likelihood that a significant amount of plaque will form on your teeth. While plaque is almost always present on nearly everyone’s teeth, folks who brush regularly are able to remove the plaque before it can cause a significant problem. If plaque isn’t removed, it can cause inflammation in your gums, which results in your gums pulling away from your teeth, leaving a pocket in which more bacteria and plaque can form.

A common treatment for periodontal disease typically takes two steps: 1) The dentist performs a process called scaling, which removes the hardened plaque from either side of the gum line. After scaling has been performed, many patients also need root planing. 2) During this procedure, we use a special tool to smooth your teeth roots in order to give room for gum tissue to heal and reattach to the tooth.  This helps to eliminate the pocket and restore the area back to proper health.

The combination of scaling and root planing can dramatically improve dental health while also changing a smile and making it beautiful once again.

If you have any questions about periodontal disease and root planing or if you would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our team or make an appointment. Our incredible staff will give you the best dental care possible.

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