Scaling and root planing is one of the first, and most effective, treatments recommended for addressing gum disease in its early stages. This periodontal treatment can often prevent the disease from developing to its more severe form. Scaling and root planing consists of two primary phases:
- Scaling: In the initial scaling phase, our dentist will meticulously eliminate plaque and tartar, scientifically known as dental calculus, from the tooth’s surface. This thorough cleansing helps in thwarting the proliferation of harmful bacteria.
- Root Planing: The root planing phase focuses on cleaning and smoothing of the tooth’s roots. This process is vital for the eradication of bacterial toxins that may have amassed in the root area, contributing to gum disease.
The goal of scaling and root planing is the eradication of bacteria, plaque and tartar, as well as arresting the advancement of gum disease. While the majority of scaling and root planing procedures can be comfortably executed without anesthesia, our dentist may also offer a local anesthetic or other sedation option to enhance your comfort and help you feel more at ease. Dr. Shelly Mixson may also provide your scaling and root planing procedure over the course of several appointments to ensure both thoroughness and comfort, addressing one section of the mouth during each visit.
If you have any questions about scaling and root planing in Atlanta, Georgia, or to explore additional treatment options, please call Gentle Smiles Dental at 770-455-6602 and schedule an appointment with our experienced dentist. We are committed to safeguarding your oral health and providing tailored solutions to address your unique needs.