If you have a hard time removing plaque while you floss, you may need to come in for scaling and root planing treatment. Our dentist and team provide this treatment to help prevent gum disease and free your teeth from built-up dental calculus. To make an appointment with Dr. Kimberly Stokes at The Art of Modern Dentistry and learn more about scaling and root planing in Tulsa, Oklahoma, please call us at 918-622-3353.
What Is Scaling and Root Planing?
Scaling and root planing is a periodontal deep cleaning procedure that involves the removal of tartar (calculus) and bacteria from the teeth and roots. This procedure is often performed on patients who have gum disease, which is an infection of the gums and tissues around the teeth. Scaling and root planing can help to improve the health of these tissues and reduce the risk of further damage.
Scaling and root planing is usually performed by a dentist or dental hygienist. The procedure is typically done over the course of two or more visits to our dentist, depending on the severity of the periodontal disease. During the procedure, Dr. Stokes or our hygienists will use special instruments to remove the tartar and bacteria from the teeth and roots. They will also smooth out any rough spots on the roots to help prevent future buildup of tartar and bacteria.
This treatment is often recommended for patients who are only in the early stages of periodontal disease. The procedure can help to reverse the damage caused by the disease and improve the health of the gums and tissues around the teeth. In some cases, scaling and root planing may be all that is needed to treat periodontal disease. However, more severe cases may require additional treatment, such as periodontal surgery.
If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, Dr. Stokes will likely recommend scaling and root planing. Contact our office today and schedule an appointment with our team.