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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Scaling and Root Planing for Gum Disease

If you have a stubborn case of gum disease, our doctors at Flossophy Dental may recommend a procedure called dental scaling. This type of treatment removes plaque and tartar from your teeth in addition to helping your gums regain their optimal health. The scaling process is usually done in conjunction with a procedure known as root planing. The scaling and root planing technique is one of the most effective ways to treat gum disease before it becomes severe.

Root planing and scaling are done when gums have either started to pull away from the teeth or the roots of the teeth have tartar on them. The scaling process occurs with manual hand instruments, ultrasonic instruments, or both. Our doctors at Flossophy Dental will start this procedure with a thorough examination before the device is used to eliminate the plaque bacteria. Root planing involves detailed scaling of the root surface to decrease inflammation of gum tissue. One of our doctors will then scale the root surface to smooth out rough target areas, eliminating plaque and biofilm development. If your gum tissue is sensitive, local anesthesia can be administered to numb the tissue.

If you suspect you are in the first stages of gum disease, please give us a call to discuss your treatment options. To learn more about the services provided here at the office, visit www.flossophydental.ca for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Flossophy Dental in Edmonton, AB, call 780-306-9333.

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