Periodontal scaling and root planing is a method of removing toxic agents from gum tissue and surrounding bone. It is a non-surgical procedure that cleans dental plaque and tartar (calculus). Drs. Navid and Faranak Rahimpour use scaling and planing at Southern Cross Dental as both a preventive measure and as a stand-alone treatment.
Common reasons for scaling and planing are disease prevention, tooth protection, aesthetic effects, and better breath. Oral bacteria that cause periodontal infections can spread throughout the body. Scaling and planing can eliminate bacteria before it has a chance to spread. Cleaning out deeper teeth pockets will also clean out colonies of bacteria. This prevents an inflammatory response which leads to gingival and tooth decay. Superficial stains on the teeth are removed in the scaling and planing process, and the cleaning itself can eliminate food particles from the mouth that are causing bad breath.
At your appointment with Drs. Rahimpour, a visual examination, and x-ray of your mouth will take place. Scaling is performed with special dental instruments. They will remove the calculus and plaque and can provide an antimicrobial agent below the gum lines. The root planing will remove surface dentin full of bacteria and tartar.
Follow any instructions provided by Drs. Rahimpour following your scaling and root planing treatments. Antibiotics may be prescribed to ensure successful healing. At your follow up appointment the gum pockets will be checked for any irregularities. In some cases, more extensive treatments may be recommended.
To learn more about periodontal scaling and root planing, or Southern Cross Dental services, visit our website or call today. Dr. Navid Rahimpour, D.D.S. and Dr. Faranak Rahimpour, D.D.S. are located in Colorado Spring, Colorado. Contact us on our website, or call at 719-471-1717.