What is Scaling and Root Planing?
By Gregory S. Herzler, DDS
February 05, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Maybe you're an overachiever when it comes to your dental health and oral hygiene. You do all the things that are required to keep your gums healthy and your teeth looking bright. You brush and floss every day, and schedule professional dental exams and cleanings at scaling and root t planingleast once or twice a year. Or perhaps, you're like many others who mean to do all the things necessary to prevent gum disease.

The truth is your gums may need a little extra protection against the bacteria, plaque, and tartar buildup. These unwanted additions can accumulate between the teeth and under the gumline, ultimately leading to periodontal disease.

Dental Scaling and Root Planing in Saginaw

The procedure is essentially a professional dental cleaning on steroids. Saginaw, MI based dentist, Dr. Gregory S. Herzler, uses scaling and root planing to treat the effects of gum disease, which causes inflammation of the gums. When left untreated, gum disease can progress and lead to more serious dental complications, including tooth and bone loss. Studies have shown that dental inflammation may also contribute to general health complications for patients suffering from a range of conditions like diabetes, heart attack, and stroke.

What is Scaling and Root Planing?

Dentists use the procedure to clean the areas under and around the gums that a toothbrush alone can't reach. Once bacteria and food particles solidify into plaque, simple brushing and flossing will be insufficient to reverse the onset of periodontal disease. Using specialized dental instruments, your Saginaw dentist Dr. Herzler removes any accumulated plaque and tartar from the surface of the tooth. To address inflammation, the root surface of the tooth is also scaled to remove accumulated plaque and biofilm. Patients with extensive damage and inflammation or sensitive gums can be treated with local anesthesia before the procedure to minimize discomfort.

Schedule an appointment with a dentist in Saginaw

Supplementing good oral health practices like daily brushing and flossing at home with regular professional dental care is the best way to maintain dental health and avoid the complications of periodontal disease. To learn more about scaling and root planing and preventive dental care, contact Dr. Gregory Herzler at 989-793-7733 to schedule an appointment in Saginaw, MI today.