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Scaling and Root Planing – Albuquerque, NM

Restoring Gum Health the Safe and Effective Way

With millions of adults in the United States suffering from some form of gum disease, more and more dentists are working to treat and restore gum health every day. When gingivitis escalates to periodontitis and the reversal process is no longer possible, the team at ABQ Wholistic Dentistry can employ a safe and effective gum disease therapy solution known as scaling and root planing. To learn how this process can benefit you, contact us to schedule an appointment. 

Why Choose ABQ Wholistic Dentistry for Scaling & Root Planing?

  • Safe and Effective Method of Treatment
  • Sedation Dentistry is Available for Increased Comfort
  • Personalized Treatment Plan to Meet Your Dental Needs

What is Scaling and Root Planing?

A dentist checking a female patient’s teeth and gums

Also known as “deep cleaning,” scaling and root planing is a form of gum disease therapy that requires removing hardened plaque and tartar from beneath the gum line as well as smoothing out the tooth root to encourage reattachment to the gum tissue.

When brushing, flossing, and professional teeth cleaning aren’t enough to effectively remove plaque and tartar build-up, this common procedure is the next step to reach better gum health.

Why Do I Need Treatment?

A dentist using a special mirror to check a patient’s gums

When a patient’s gums are red, inflamed, and bleeding while brushing or flossing, this may often be an early sign of gingivitis; however, if any of the following symptoms are present, it is likely advanced treatment will be necessary to prevent the problem from worsening:

  • Gums that are receding
  • Bad breath
  • Difficulty chewing without experiencing discomfort
  • Loosening or shifting teeth
  • Plaque and tartar build-up on your teeth
  • Gum pocket formations
  • Increase inflammation
  • Pimple-like sores near the infected area

The Scaling and Root Planing Process

Image of a dental tool removing plaque and tartar from the base of a tooth

Using a gentle touch, Dr. Giron will use special dental instruments to carefully remove plaque and tartar from beneath the gum line. If necessary, she will employ the use of sedation dentistry to ensure you are comfortable and at ease throughout the procedure. Since each person’s gum pocket depth is different, it will be necessary that she clean as far down as the pocket goes to effectively remove all harmful bacteria.

Once she has finished with the scaling portion of the procedure, she will begin to smooth out the tooth root, ensuring all rough areas are removed so that infection cannot reenter.

Although this process can be timely, Dr. Giron believes in its ability to restore gum health. As a periodontal patient, it will be necessary for you to return more often than the traditional six-month visits to make sure your gums are healing, and infection is not reappearing.

Is Scaling and Root Planing Uncomfortable?

A dentist performing dental work on a patient

Prior to your procedure, Dr. Giron will administer either nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation to reduce anxiety and prevent any potential discomfort. This will make the process much easier for both you and your dentist.

Depending on the severity of the periodontitis, the process may be completed in one session or you may be required to come to our office multiple times to safely and effectively finish therapy.

It is likely that you will experience some tenderness afterward, but it is important that you maintain a good oral hygiene routine, which should include brushing, flossing, and rinsing every day. This will enable your gums to thoroughly heal.