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Scaling & Root Planing

Periodontal Scaling & Root Planing

Scaling and root planning are one of the most successful ways to treat gum disease before it may become much more severe. It’s a procedure done with local anesthetic to clean between the gums and the teeth down to the roots. It’s usually performed in sections or quarters of the mouth. Our Prescott dentist, Dr. Herbert, will make sure you are numb and very comfortable. Ultrasonic and hand scalers may be used to remove debris, plaque, and tartar. Our dentist may then irrigate the gum pockets and place a localized antibiotic in specific areas. The removal of the bacteria, placement of antibiotics, as well as the use of a medicated mouthwash all work in conjunction to give you the best possible outcome.

The Need for Scaling & Root Planing

Scaling and root planning may have been recommended to you because of some level of periodontal disease. Diagnosing periodontal disease and determining the level of severity is done with exam, x-rays, and a periodontal probe.

The Results of Scaling & Planing

The long-term success of scaling and root planing is mainly dependent on how severe your condition is. If caught early, scaling and root planing is very successful. Following this procedure, it’s very important that you maintain excellent oral hygiene and have regular dental visits with our Prescott dentist. Without those commitments, the bacteria that caused the initial infection will return and you will need additional periodontal treatment.

Please contact us today with any questions or concerns you may have regarding periodontal disease or other dental needs.

Call us at (928) 445-8980

Prescott Dental Arts
1787 Willow Creek Rd.
Prescott, AZ 86301

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