One of the first treatments Dr. Erik Palmberg may recommend after you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease is scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing is a type of deep dental cleaning that works to remove bacteria, plaque and tartar from your mouth and halt the progression of your gum disease. There are two main steps to this treatment:
- Scaling — during which plaque and tartar are removed from the tooth surface.
- Root planing — during which the roots of the teeth are cleaned and smoothed to remove bacterial toxins.
Most scaling and root planing procedures can be completed comfortably without anesthetic, but our dentist and team will have a local anesthetic and other comfort options available for you should they be needed. We may also recommend that your scaling and root planing treatment be split into several different appointments to ensure that each section of your mouth is treated thoroughly.
Scaling and root planing is also often combined with other types of periodontal treatments, such as ARESTIN® antibiotic therapy, to achieve the best results for your oral health. If you are diagnosed early enough, scaling and root planing may be enough to restore your oral health and prevent the disease from progressing further.
Call us at (303) 741-4600 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Erik Palmberg and learn more about scaling and root planing in Littleton, Colorado.