Scaling and Root Planing

Gingivitis is the first stage towards developing more serious gum disease. In its more severe stages, gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss, and preventing it or addressing it as early as possible is the most effective way to save your smile. Periodontal cleaning, or scaling and root planing, is a procedure designed to remove the harmful oral bacteria that are causing the infection from underneath your gums. Using advanced ultrasonic technology, we can perform your scaling and root planing procedure in a more comfortable and minimally invasive manner than traditional periodontal cleaning.

What Is Ultrasonic Scaling and Root Planing?

Ultrasonic scaling involves the use of gentle ultrasonic waves to break up the plaque and tartar deposits that have settled on your teeth roots. Traditionally, perio cleaning required special equipment to scale your teeth roots manually. However, our handheld ultrasonic scaler allows us to do so without manually scraping the biofilms from your teeth’s root surfaces. The procedure is still more involved than traditional dental cleaning, and may require multiple visits to complete.

The Benefits of Deep Cleaning

  • Greater comfort – By substituting traditional scaling equipment with ultrasonic technology, your scaling and root planing procedure will be much more comfortable. The process is minimally invasive so you can recover from your procedure faster and with little or no discomfort.
  • Reduced risk of gum disease – If gingivitis is caught and treated early enough with ultrasonic scaling and root planing, you may have a good chance of completely reversing the condition. The sooner you catch and treat it, the better, or your gingivitis may progress enough to become more serious gum disease.
  • Improved long-term oral health – When you reverse or control gingivitis, you can prevent the more destructive consequences of gum disease from affecting your smile. That includes the erosion of your gums, the exposure of your teeth roots, your risks of tooth loss, and much more.

Learn More About Perio Cleaning

If you show signs of gingivitis – the precursor to more serious gum disease – then we might recommend ultrasonic scaling and root planing to address it. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Yelena Popkova D.D.S. in Merrimack, NH, today at 603-595-9400. We also serve the residents of Nashua, Hudson, Manchester, Milford, and all surrounding communities.