Scaling & Root Planing

Park Dentistry in Park Slope Brooklyn serves the Brooklyn, Prospect Heights, Boreum Hill, Windsor Terrace, Cobble Hill, Downtown Brooklyn, Carroll Gardens and Brooklyn Heights communities.

Scaling & Root Planing

Dr. Sophia Milito // Park Slope Dentist // 718-622-7275

Park Dentistry in Park Slope Brooklyn serves the Brooklyn, Prospect Heights, Boreum Hill, Windsor Terrace, Cobble Hill, Downtown Brooklyn, Carroll Gardens and Brooklyn Heights communities.

What is scaling & root planing?

Some cases of acute periodontal (gum) disease that do not respond to more conventional treatment and self-care such as flossing may require a special kind of cleaning called scaling and root planing.

The procedure begins with administration of a local anesthetic to reduce any discomfort. Then, a small instrument called a “scaler,” or an ultrasonic cleaner, is used to clean beneath your gum line to remove plaque and tartar.

If left alone, bacteria in this area will steadily worsen and result in such conditions as bone loss, tooth mobility and eventually tooth loss. Additionally, it has been repeatedly proven that bacteria left alone in gum pockets can contribute to medical conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.

Is scaling & root planing necessary?

Bacteria located underneath your gums are extremely difficult to access with conventional “at-home” products (such as toothbrushes and floss). Because of this, your dental provider will use their advanced training and equipment specifically designed for addressing bacteria in this hard-to-reach area.

The procedure begins with administration of a local anesthetic to reduce any discomfort. Then, a small instrument called a “scaler,” or an ultrasonic cleaner, is used to clean beneath your gum line to remove plaque and tartar.

The root surfaces on the tooth are then planed and smoothed. If effective, scaling and root planing helps the gums reattach themselves to the tooth structure. Additional measures may be needed if the periodontal pockets persist after scaling and root planing.

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