Deep Teeth Cleaning at Dentist in Wichita, KS

In order to treat gingivitis or moderate to severe periodontal disease, your doctor may recommend a professional cleaning that includes scaling, root planing, or both. These non-surgical therapies will remove plaque and calculus which causes gum disease.

It is very important to follow through with a scaling and root planing if they are recommended. If left untreated, your gums may begin to separate from the teeth. This can lead to tooth loss and other harmful conditions.

Our Wichita Family Dental doctors and hygienists can perform scaling and root planing during a scheduled hygiene appointment.

What are these procedures?

Your Wichita Family Dental doctor will thoroughly examine your mouth and make a diagnosis depending on the condition of your gums, the buildup of plaque and calculus, and the progression of periodontitis. Your doctor may recommend scaling and root planing.

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Scaling removes calculus and plaque from the surfaces of your teeth. It specifically targets the area along the root, below the gum line.

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Root Planing:

Root planing removes tartar and microorganisms from the teeth. It also smooths the root of the tooth to promote healing and prevent bacteria buildup in the future.

Benefits of Treatment

Successful scaling and planning can help prevent both oral and general diseases. Research shows that bacteria from periodontal infections can travel through the bloodstream and cause heart and respiratory diseases. Scaling and root planing removes the bacteria that causes these conditions.

Scaling and root planning can also prevent tooth loss, reduce bad breath, and remove superficial stains from the surface of the teeth.