If your gum disease is still in its early stages, a condition referred as gingivitis, our dentists may be able to successfully address and even reverse it. If you have noticed the initial signs of periodontal disease, call Advocate Dental of Palatine at 847-359-8732. We can schedule you for an appointment for scaling and root planing in Palatine, Illinois, with Dr. George Skoog.
Scaling and root planing is the most commonly used treatment for patients who are in the beginning stages of gum disease. This procedure is a two-step treatment:
- Scaling: In scaling, we remove the plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth with handheld or ultrasonic instruments.
- Root Planing: Root planing involves smoothing rough spots on the roots of the teeth and removing any toxins to decrease inflammation of the gum tissue.
The purpose of scaling and root planing is to remove the bacteria, plaque and tartar that are responsible for the progression of gum disease and causing damage to your smile. The process usually involves little to no discomfort, but our dentists may recommend several anesthetic options if you are highly sensitive or would like to feel more relaxed during the treatment. Scaling and root planing can be done in a single visit, but depending on your condition, our dentists may recommend multiple sessions to help ensure the protection of your oral health.
You may receive other periodontal treatments in addition to scaling and root planing, depending on the severity of the infection. However, scaling and root planing is usually enough to treat most patients who are suffering from gum disease. To learn more about how scaling and root planing can benefit you, please call or visit us today!