We offer deep cleaning services at the practice of Richard G. Goble, DDS, including scaling and root planing in Fallbrook, California. Scaling is the removal of the dental tartar from the tooth surface. Root planing is the process of smoothing the root surfaces and removing the infected tooth structure. Our dentist uses these measures to help fight gingivitis, a degenerative disease which will cause significant tooth and gum deterioration if left untreated. Plaque and tartar on the teeth provide an environment in which bacteria thrive and multiply, resulting in inflamed and bleeding gums. At this early stage, gingivitis can be easily treated by a dental hygienist with scaling and polishing. If left untreated, the condition will progress and the roots may need a planing.
As non-surgical periodontal treatments, scaling and planing procedures do not require anesthesia. While these treatments are usually painless, advanced stages of gingivitis may make it necessary to numb the area for complete comfort. Deep scaling and root planing are usually broken down into one section of the mouth per appointment. This allows for adequate healing time, and also reduces the time for each appointment. Please call our dental office to learn how you can achieve healthy gums for optimal oral health.