Scaling and root planning in San Diego consist of deep cleaning the tooth to treat disease. The cleaning involves two steps. First, scaling is when we remove plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line. We clean all the way down to the bottom of the pocket. Second, root planning is where we smooth out the tooth root to help the gum reattach. Typically, the process involves multiple visits and may require a local anesthetic.
The buildup of plaque and tartar usually results in gingivitis, a serious disease that can advance into gum disease if left untreated. The bacteria in the mouth can quickly multiply and irritate and inflame the gums. The consequences include gum and tooth deterioration. Below are some of the common symptoms of gingivitis:
- Swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Dark red gums
- Bad breath
- Receding gums
Luckily, at Dr. Carmichael Dentistry, we can help restore your dental health and prevent gingivitis from progressing. Scaling and root planning will remove any traces of plaque or tartar on the tooth. Severe cases of gingivitis may require us to numb the gums during the procedure. As we mentioned, it may require multiple visits because we treat one area of the mouth at a time to provide time for adequate healing.
Carmichael Dentistry | Cosmetic, Implant & General Dentistry
If you have gingivitis or gum disease that needs immediate attention, Dr. Carmichael is here to help! To prevent common dental problems, we recommend brushing your teeth with toothpaste that contains fluoride twice a day, flossing once a day, and rinsing with antiseptic mouthwash 1-2 times a day. Visit your dentist twice a year for professional cleaning to remove plaque and check your oral health for any problems. If you’d like to schedule your next dental appointment with Dr. Carmichael, give us a call at (858) 484-2560 or contact us on our website!