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Based on current guidelines, our dental practice will be closed for several weeks beginning Wednesday March 18th, 2020. We are doing this out of concern for the safety, health, and well-being of our patients and our staff. We will monitor current guidelines so that we may continue to provide the best dental care to our patients. Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] or use the Contact Us form at the bottom of this page.


 

 

 

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Scaling and Root Planing

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Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

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.

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.