Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning procedure that may be recommended for patients with gum disease. Gum disease is an infection that affects the gum tissue and supporting structures of the teeth. Our Northridge scaling and root planing expert may recommend scaling and root planing if you have swollen, inflamed, receding gums or other symptoms of gum disease. Designed to control the infection, scaling and root planing cleans the plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline and can help control the infection at its earlier stages to reduce the need for more invasive procedures.
If you are a candidate for a scaling and root planing procedure, our expert in scaling and root planing in Northridge will begin by numbing the affected area. A standard cleaning tool or an ultrasonic tool may be used to eliminate plaque, tartar and infected tissues and leave your teeth squeaky clean. The roots of the teeth will be smoothed during the root planing procedure. This allows healthy gum tissue to reattach more easily and effectively. In some cases, our Northridge scaling and root planing expert may place antimicrobial medications into the treated area to combat infection.
Scaling and Root Planing Northridge
There should be no pain after your procedure, and there may be minimal discomfort. Our Northridge scaling and root planing expert will provide you with specific aftercare instructions to help promote healing. While complications are rare, they can occur. Bacteria can be introduced into the bloodstream, so we may recommend taking antibiotics if you are at risk of infections or have certain heart problems.
After your scaling and root planing procedure, good dental hygiene is critical. Plaque can begin to harden into tartar in just a day, which means that it must be cleaned away regularly. Brush your teeth after meals, and floss once a day to remove plaque and debris from between the teeth. If you smoke, our expert in scaling and root planing in Northridge may recommend cutting back or quitting to reduce your risk of delayed healing and future dental health problems.
Contact our dentist in Northridge today to learn more or to schedule your consultation.
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