If you have periodontal disease, our dentist may recommend a scaling and root planing treatment as the first step to fighting the disease and regaining your oral health. Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical treatment that works to remove harmful plaque, tartar, and bacteria from your mouth and promote healing. To schedule your appointment with Dr. Dorsey W. Baker, and to learn more about scaling and root planing in Glendale, Arizona, contact our office at 602-942-0623.
Upon assessment at your first visit, your hygienist will check the health of your gums. If periodontal disease (inflammation, bone loss, and bleeding) is present, they may recommend a more involved cleaning called Scaling and Root Planing. This type of cleaning usually takes multiple visits, as it is done in sections. The hygienist will numb the area to ensure your comfort. This cleaning is more extensive, and the hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar that irritate the gums and cause inflammation from the deeper periodontal pockets. Scaling is done to stop the bone loss that eventually leads to tooth loss.
Education is a huge part of this process as well. The hygienist will work with the patient on new methods, techniques and tools for maintaining gum health at home. Research shows there is a connection between gum health and overall systemic health. Reduction in oral inflammation can lead to a reduction in systemic inflammation. At Dr. Dorsey Baker’s office, we strive to help patients achieve total systemic health.