Scaling and root planing is a special deep cleaning procedure that removes buildup above and below the gumline to allow the gums to heal and reattach to the tooth roots. Our dentist in Santa Clara may suggest a scaling and root planing if you have gum disease.
Gum disease is a bacterial infection that causes the gums to pull away from the teeth. This exposes the tooth’s roots, which can increase the risks of cavities in this vulnerable area. It also allows the bacteria to form in the periodontal pockets, which can be extremely hard or even impossible to clean. The scaling and root planing procedure cleans these pockets thoroughly and smooths the roots of the teeth, which allows the gums to heal and reattach to the roots.
You may need scaling and root planing if you have symptoms of gingivitis or a later stage of gum disease, if you have deep periodontal pockets or if you have advanced periodontitis and are planning to have other treatments as well. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in scaling and root planing in Santa Clara.