Scaling & Root Planing

Our dentist may need to perform scaling and root planing to remove gum disease from your smile. This can happen as a result of poor dental hygiene and having too much bacteria on your teeth. If you have any questions about scaling and root planing in Tampa, Florida, and would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ward Whitaker, please call Custom Dental Care & Med-Spa at 813-876-6930.

Scaling and root planing is one of the most common and effective treatments recommended for gum disease before it becomes severe.

This deep cleaning treatment includes two main steps:

  • Scaling: In scaling, we remove plaque and tartar (dental calculus) from the tooth surface.
  • Root Planing: This step involves cleaning the roots of the teeth, smoothing them to remove bacterial toxins.
The goals of scaling and root planing are to remove bacteria, plaque and tartar, and to halt the progress of the disease. While most scaling and root planing treatments can be completed comfortably without an anesthetic, our dentist can offer several anesthetic and other comfort options to make certain that you feel at ease during your treatment. The scaling and root planing treatment may be split up into several appointments, in which we treat one section of the mouth at each appointment.
Scaling and root planing may be combined with other types of periodontal therapy, such as antibiotic treatment. For most patients, scaling and root planing is enough to prevent periodontal disease from progressing further. For more information about the benefits of scaling and root planing and to learn more about the other types of periodontal treatment we offer, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

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