Appalachian Dental Care

Scaling & Root Planing


With gum disease, the problem is often bacteria and plaque not on the teeth but on or below the gumline. In order to give your teeth the deep cleaning necessary to get rid of the bacteria, we offer a two-step treatment at Appalachian Dental Care called scaling and root planing. Dr. Steven Airey will use special tools to carefully get below your gums to remove plaque, tartar and bacteria. This is a nonsurgical way to help stop gum disease from getting out of hand. Call us at 828-264-9938 to find out more about scaling and root planing in Boone, North Carolina, and make your appointment with our dentist!

Scaling and root planing is one of the most common and effective treatments recommended for gum disease before it becomes severe. This deep cleaning treatment includes two main steps:

  • Scaling: In scaling, we remove plaque and tartar (dental calculus) from the tooth surface.
  • Root Planing: This step involves cleaning the roots of the teeth, smoothing them to remove bacterial toxins.

The goals of scaling and root planing are to remove bacteria, plaque and tartar, and to halt the progress of the disease. While most scaling and root planing treatments can be completed comfortably without an anesthetic, our dentist can offer several anesthetic and other comfort options to make certain that you feel at ease during your treatment. The scaling and root planing treatment may be split up into several appointments, in which we treat one section of the mouth at each appointment.

Scaling and root planing may be combined with other types of periodontal therapy, such as antibiotic treatment. For most patients, scaling and root planing is enough to prevent periodontal disease from progressing further. For more information about the benefits of scaling and root planing and to learn more about the other types of periodontal treatment we offer, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

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