What is scaling?

Scaling is a deep cleaning service.  It involves removing the dental tartar from the surface of the tooth.  Scaling helps to fight against gingivitis and periodontal disease.  As a non-surgical procedure, scaling is typically performed without any anesthesia.  Our office uses the Cavitron machine to treat our patients more effectively.

What is root planing?

Root planing, another deep cleaning service, involves smoothing out the root services and removing any infected tooth structure.  Another non-surgical procedure, it also generally doesn’t require anesthesia unless you are suffering from advanced stages of gingivitis.

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a generative disease. Built-up tartar and plaque on your teeth provide an environment where bacteria multiply and thrive, which results in bleeding and inflamed gums.  If left untreated, it can cause significant gum and tooth deterioration.  At an early stage, gingivitis can easily be treated with polishing and scaling.  When it is left untreated, however, your condition with deteriorate and you will need a root planing.

What’s the process?

The procedures for root planing and deep scaling are usually broken down, and the doctor will work on one section of the mouth at each appointment. This allows for shorter visits and adequate healing time. Please call Lakeview Dental Care and learn how we can help you attain healthy gums and optimal oral health.