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Philadelphia Dentist | Philadelphia dental care | PA | Scaling & Root Planing

Robert S. Gurmankin, DMD

(215) 624-4415

Scaling & Root Planing
AGD Member
 

Periodontal treatment methods depend upon the type and severity of the disease. We will evaluate for periodontal disease and recommend the appropriate treatment.

Periodontal disease progresses as the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and gums gets filled with bacteria, plaque, and tartar, causing irritation to the surrounding tissues.  When these irritants remain in the pocket space, they can cause damage to the gums and eventually, the bone that supports the teeth!

If the disease is caught in the early stages of gingivitis, and no lasting damage has been done, you may only need a regular cleaning.  You will also be given instructions on improving your daily oral hygiene habits and having regular dental cleanings.

If the disease has progressed to more advanced stages, periodonal disease, a special periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) will be recommended.  It is usually done one half or one quarter of the mouth at a time while the area is numb.  In this procedure, tartar, plaque, and toxins are removed from above and below the gum line (scaling) and rough spots on root surfaces are made smooth (planing).  This procedure helps gum tissue to heal and pockets to shrink.  Medications, special medicated mouth rinses, and an electric tooth brush may be recommended to help control infection and healing.

Scaling & Root Planing

If the pockets do not heal after scaling and root planing, periodontal surgery may be needed to reduce pocket depths, making teeth easier to clean.  If so we may recommend that you see a periodontist (specialist of the gums and supporting bone) for more aggresive treatment.

Remember, the major cause of adult tooth loss is from gum disease.

 
 
Philadelphia Dentist. Dr. Robert Gurmankin provides Cosmetic Dentistry, Family Dentistry, Dental Implants, Dentures, Teeth Whitening, Dental Emergency, Dental Crowns to the following locations: Mayfair, Northeast Philadelphia, Holmesburg, Suburbs. Mayfair Dentist providing excellent dentistry including Cosmetic Dentistry, Family Dentistry, Dental Implants, Dentures, Teeth Whitening, Dental Emergency, Dental Crowns in Philadelphia, Mayfair, Northeast Philadelphia, Holmesburg, Suburbs, Pennsylvania. Updated in 2014.
 

 

Updated in 2016.