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Scaling and Root Planing – Carrollton, TX

Effective Treatment for Periodontal Disease

Early on, gum disease can be fairly simple to treat and get rid of. However, more advanced cases require more thorough and extensive attention (i.e., periodontal therapy through scaling and root planing). No matter where you fall in terms of severity, Dr. Carlos Parra and the rest of our team will be there to guide you through the entire process, answer any questions you may have, and teach you healthy habits moving forward so that you don’t have to go through periodontal disease again. Read on to learn more about these procedures and how we make good oral health possible for everyone. Then, give us a call to start on the path toward a stronger smile!

Why Choose Us for Scaling and Root Planing?

  • Certified Periodontist on Staff
  • Friendly, Welcoming Office Environment
  • Advanced Technology and Training

What Is Scaling?

man getting a dental exam

Scaling is pretty similar to a normal dental cleaning; however, instead of stopping at the gumline, we’ll go deeper. In advanced gum disease, the gum tissue pulls away from the teeth because the connective tissues start to deteriorate at this stage. As a result, pockets of bacteria and plaque accumulate beneath the gumline on the roots of your teeth. Scaling allows us to clear out these trapped pockets and get rid of inflammation-causing bacteria.

What Is Root Planing?

receding gums from gum disease

Once we’ve treated the infection itself, we’ll perform what is called root planing. Basically, we expose the newly cleaned, rough root surfaces and make them slippery smooth. That way, it becomes much harder for bacteria to stick to these same areas again in the future. This important step also facilitates healing because it allows the gum tissue to reattach to the teeth more easily.

What Are the Benefits of Scaling and Root Planing?

woman smiling after scaling and root planing in Carrollton

Although scaling and root planing cannot “cure” gum disease, they help to keep the infection under control. In fact, these treatments, which are sometimes combined with antibiotic therapy, can leave you with basically no symptoms or ill effects of gum disease at all. However, keep in mind that you may require more frequent maintenance visits (about every four months) to keep it from coming back and harming your smile.