Scaling & Root Planing

Scaling and Root Planing in Carlsbad, CA

Everyone develops plaque on their teeth, which can result in tooth decay. Most patients can avoid serious decay with good oral hygiene and routine dental exams and cleanings. However, if you have developed advanced gum disease or chronic periodontitis, it’s essential to receive treatment from our dentists near you to restore your oral health. Invictus Modern Dentistry & Facial Aesthetics offers such treatment with scaling and root planing in Carlsbad, CA.

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is a result of bacteria that collects as a film called plaque on teeth. Daily, proper oral hygiene habits and regular professional cleanings can generally keep plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) away. However, if the bacteria infiltrate the gumline, then gum disease or periodontitis develops. This can result in your gums pulling away from the teeth, forming spaces called “pockets.” As plaque is trapped in the pockets, gum disease worsens, and a patient is at risk for tooth loss.

Sometimes gum disease can be treated with professional cleaning. However, if plaque has damaged the area below the gumline or if the pockets between a patient’s gums and teeth are deep, then scaling and root planing may be required to restore oral health.

What Is Scaling and Root Planing?

Our dentists in Carlsbad, CA, utilize scaling and root planing techniques to provide a deep cleaning below the gumline to treat gum disease. Scaling is a method of removing the buildup of plaque and tartar both above and below the gumline. This allows for thorough cleaning of bacteria to the bottom of the gum pocket. Once scaling is complete, the root planing process can begin. This procedure smoothens the teeth's roots, which helps the gums reattach to the teeth.

It’s important to follow all dental instructions after scaling and root planing to prevent infection and allow healing. In addition, a follow-up visit is essential for patients to assess the results of the procedure and determine if further treatment is needed.

Your oral health is important, including the care of your gumline and periodontal treatment. For more information about scaling and root planing near you, contact our team at Invictus Modern Dentistry & Facial Aesthetics.