Are you concerned that you might get gingivitis or gum disease? Left untreated, these conditions can cause significant damage to your teeth and gums. Scaling and root planing are treatments that can be performed right in the Brookline Village Dental office in Brookline, Massachusetts, that will combat gum disease and gingivitis.

Why would a person need scaling or root planing?
Plaque and tartar sits on your teeth, providing an environment that is perfect for bacteria to multiply and thrive. This bacteria is what causes your gums to become infected and inflamed. In the early stages of gingivitis, you might notice that your gums bleed when you eat or brush your teeth. Depending on the condition of your gums, to clean the bacteria off of the tooth surface, Dr. Juriansz may clean your teeth by scaling them and then polishing them.

If your gingivitis isn’t treated, the bacteria can work its way down to the foundation of your tooth and cause a “periodontal pocket.” The bacteria can break down the bone that supports your teeth and they may eventually become loose. Unfortunately, damage to the support structure of your teeth is irreversible. To stop gum disease from progressing, Dr. Juriansz may advise you to have a deep cleaning (or root planing).

What is scaling and root planing?
Scaling is when the dental tartar is removed from the surface of your teeth. When Dr. Juriansz smooths the root surfaces of your tooth and removes sub gingival calculus (tartar), it is called root planing.

Does scaling and root planing hurt?
The professionals at Brookline Village Dental are very concerned with your comfort. If your periodontal pockets are not too deep, you may experience little to no discomfort during your procedure.

Depending on the severity of your condition, Dr. Juriansz may choose to numb the area to make the process more comfortable for you. Please don’t hesitate to speak with us about how best to manage any discomfort you may experience.

Dr. Juriansz will teach you how to care for your teeth and gums after scaling and root planing.

Do you have any questions? Need an appointment? Contact our dental office Brookline for quick, friendly service today.

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