The supporting structures of the teeth are so important that they have their own specialized area of dentistry called periodontics. In periodontics, the primary focus is not the teeth, but it is the gums and jaw. Our periodontal procedures include scaling and deep cleaning.
In the scaling procedure, the plaque and tartar that builds up on top and around the base of the tooth at the gums are removed. This helps in the prevention of tooth decay and gum disease because it removes bacteria while removing plaque and tartar.
In deep cleaning procedures, also known as root planing, plaque, tartar, and other particles are scraped from the root of a tooth. This will help to prevent pulp inflammation and infection, which means there will be no need for a root canal.
We will include scaling with your regularly scheduled six months visit to our dental offices as part of your cleaning. For this reason, it is important to have regularly scheduled dental appointments.
If it has been a while since you had a regularly scheduled dental appointment, then you might require a deep cleaning or root planing. The longer it is between professional teeth cleaning, the more likely it is that plaque and tartar have built up. This will be determined during your examination.
We know that life can get in the way, and sometimes your health is the last thing on your to-do list, but your dental health is our concern. So, take the time to set up regularly scheduled appointments, and help us to keep you healthy and strong.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you suspect that you might need of a periodontal procedure. We will evaluate your dental health and determine which procedure is right for you.