A Look at the Scaling and Root Planing Process

Every day, a film of bacteria forms on your teeth and creates buildup known as plaque. If allowed to accumulate, plaque can harden into tartar and cause an infection in the gums, which is referred to as gum disease. This is one reason why it’s important to practice good dental care with twice daily brushing. Over time, the infection can cause pockets to form around your teeth, allowing the bacteria to get beneath the gum line and worsen the condition. If your family dentist in Middletown and Walden, NY has informed you that you have gum disease and should consider scaling and root planing, then continue reading to learn about these dental procedures.

Scaling and root planing involve the removal of plaque and tartar to give the gums a chance to heal. During the scaling process, your family dentist or dental hygienist will administer local anesthesia to numb your tooth roots and gums. Then, specially designed tools are used to remove tartar buildup from your teeth. During the root planing procedure, rough spots on your teeth are smoothed away to give bacteria fewer places to grow and help your gums recover.

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