One of the first treatments that Dr. Leo Man, Dr. Roxanne Ramirez and Dr. Elizabeth Kim may recommend when you are diagnosed with periodontal disease is scaling and root planing. The goal of scaling and root planing is to thoroughly clean your mouth and halt the disease from progressing further. This treatment is very effective in managing the earlier stages of gum disease. We encourage you to continue to visit the dentist regularly for dental cleanings and exams, as this will allow us to monitor your oral health, diagnose periodontal disease and determine if you require additional treatment.
When you receive scaling and root planing, our dentists will first “scale” your teeth to remove plaque and tartar from the tooth surface. After this scaling is done, we will clean and smooth the roots of your teeth to remove bacteria and prevent them from reattaching to the tooth. Our dentists may combine scaling and root planing with other treatments, such as antibiotic therapy, to produce the best results. Your treatment may also be divided into several appointments in order to more thoroughly clean each section of your mouth.
Scaling and root planing can generally be completed without the use of anesthetic. However, numbing options are available for you if you need them.
To schedule a consultation at SA Dental and learn more about scaling and root planing in Santa Ana, California, please contact us today at 714-852-3140.