If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, our dentists may recommend scaling and root planing to improve your oral health. This periodontal treatment is often the first step recommended in managing gum disease, and is highly effective in halting the progression of the disease in its early stages. To set up an appointment with Dr. Harsh Patel or Dr. Thuy Vu and learn more about scaling and root planing in Houston, Texas, call Next Care Dental at 713-952-0522 or text us at 832-350-8776.

Scaling and root planing is a highly effective solution for addressing gum disease in its early stages, preventing it from advancing to a severe condition. This comprehensive cleaning procedure involves two principal stages:

  • Firstly, the scaling treatment – this part of your treatment involves meticulous elimination of plaque and tartar, also known as dental calculus, from the surface of the teeth.
  • Secondly, the root planing – this involves the cleaning and smoothing of the tooth roots to eradicate bacterial toxins and encourage healing.

The objectives of scaling and root planing are twofold: the eradication of bacteria, plaque and tartar and halting the progression of the disease. This treatment can typically be provided comfortably without the need for an anesthetic. However, an anesthetic is available should it be needed to ensure your comfort. Depending on your needs, our dentists may recommend dividing your scaling and root planing treatment into several appointments, with each session targeting a specific section of your mouth.

Our dentists may also recommend combining scaling and root planing with other forms of periodontal therapy, such as antibiotic treatment, to produce the best possible results for your oral health. For a majority of patients, scaling and root planing is sufficient to halt the advancement of gum disease.

To schedule an appointment with our experienced dentists and learn more about scaling and root planing, please contact our office today.