If you suffer from gum disease, root planing and scaling is an effective treatment option we offer at Park Smiles NYC. Root planing and scaling is used to deep clean the teeth down to the roots beneath the gum line. It can prevent gum disease from leading to major dental problems and prevent the need for more costly dental work.
The root planing and scaling procedure begins with the numbing of the gums to ensure that you’re comfortable during treatment. Once the gums are numb, special scraping tools are used to gently remove calcified tartar and other debris from the teeth, both at and below the gum line. An ultrasonic tool may be used to remove large pieces of debris while a metal dental scraping tool is used to finely detail and clean the teeth.
As the debris is removed, a water irrigation system is used to wash away debris and a suction tool is used to remove water and saliva. In cases where large pockets have developed, antibiotic fibers may be placed to prevent infection as the gums heal and the pockets close. After a week or so, the fibers will be removed.
If you suffer from mild to moderate gum disease, you may be a good candidate for root planing and scaling treatment. Patients with severe gum disease may benefit from alternative treatments. To find out which treatment is right for you, we invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation at Park Smiles NYC!