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Scaling and Root Planing

There are many ways to treat periodontal disease with non surgical therapy. The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth (collectively called the periodontium) are the foundation for your teeth. When the periodontium is not healthy (i.e. gum disease), it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. With the proper care, however, it may be possible to return the periodontium to a healthy state. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning called scaling and root planing. This is done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents like ArestinĀ®.

Laser assisted, non-surgical scaling and root planing may be a more effective option when treating gum disease. Laser assisted therapy is used to promote reattachment of the gum tissues. After conducting a thorough examination using X-rays and visual examinations, your dentist or hygienist will use a laser to soothe irritation and promote reattachment and healing of the gum tissues. The laser will be used after non surgical treatment has removed all of the unhealthy plaque and tartar.

If the gum disease gets too severe we work with excellent an specialist to help keep your teeth or replace them with dental implants, or extraction should it be necessary.