Scaling and Root Planing
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More About Scaling and Root Planing
At the first sign of gingivitis or moderate periodontal disease, Dr. Carbonell may suggest a thorough cleaning that includes scaling or root planing. This non-surgical procedure removes the plaque and tartar that cause gum inflammation and irritation.
What Do the Procedures Entail?
Scaling and root planing are only performed after a thorough examination, which may include x-rays. If Dr. Carbonell determines that the progression of periodontitis is considerable, he may recommend scaling and root planing.
Scaling removes tartar and plaque that attaches to the tooth, specifically targeting the area below the gum line along the tooth root. It is performed with a special ultrasonic scaling tool which may also include an irrigation process to deliver an antimicrobial agent beneath the gums to help reduce bacteria.
Root planing literally smooths the roots of a tooth, which promotes healing and prevents microorganisms from colonizing. It also removes surface dentin that may be embedded with unwanted microorganisms, toxins and tartar.
If treatment is successful, scaling and root planing may have many periodontal benefits, including:
- It can help prevent disease. Bacteria from periodontal infections can travel through the bloodstream and cause other health conditions such as heart and respiratory problems.
- It protects against tooth loss. As gum pockets deepen, more bacteria are able to colonize and destroy gum and bone tissue which leads to tooth loss. Scaling and root planing reduces the chances this happening.
- It removes superficial stains, making your smile more aesthetically pleasing.
- It reduces bad breath caused by food particles and bacteria that hide below the gum line.
After scaling or root planing, Dr. Carbonell may recommend antibiotics or antimicrobial mouth rinses to control the growth of bacteria that cause periodontitis. In some cases, he may choose to place antibiotic fibers below the gum line to control infection and encourage healing.
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At Dr. Kevin Carbonell, we make every effort to provide you with the finest care and the most convenient financial options. To accomplish this we work hand-in-hand with you to maximize your insurance reimbursement for covered procedures. Please contact our friendly team today to learn more about your insurance and billing options.
Why Choose Our Practice
We will take the required time to properly diagnose your immediate dental concerns, review your past medical and dental history, and create a treatment plan that provides for your optimal dental health.
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At Dr. Kevin Carbonell, we make every effort to provide you with the finest care and the most convenient financial options. To accomplish this we work hand-in-hand with you to maximize your insurance reimbursement for covered procedures.
Conveniently located on N Military Trail, we are proud to serve the great people of the Boca Raton Community. Our goal is to acknowledge your personal dental needs and to make your first visit as comfortable as possible.
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