General Periodontics

Scaling & Root Planing

To significantly reduce the plaque and tartar that accumulates below the gum line, Dr. Shelby Nelson may utilize scaling and root planing as a proper course of periodontal treatment.

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Fort Worth Root Scaling & Planing

For more information on scaling and root planing in Fort Worth, Texas, or to set up an appointment with our periodontist, please contact our office today.

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

  1. Scaling: In scaling, we remove plaque and tartar (dental calculus) from the tooth surface.
  2. Root Planing: This step involves cleaning and smoothing the tooth’s roots to remove bacterial toxins.

The goals of scaling and root planing are to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar and halt the progress of the disease. While most scaling and root planing treatments can be completed comfortably without anesthetic, our periodontist is happy to offer an anesthetic and other comfort options to ensure 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 are 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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