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Scaling and Root Planing

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Scaling and Root Planing From Four Points Dental in Austin, TX

Scaling and root planing are procedures used to keep your teeth clean. Our dentists at Four Points Dental in Austin, TX use scaling and root planing to treat and prevent different types of gum disease.

Plaque and tartar can build up over time, and we can use the latest dental techniques to remove these problems and prevent future oral health issues. Give us a call to schedule an appointment.

What Scaling and Root Planing Are: Why You Might Need Them

Scaling and root planing are two different procedures that are commonly performed during the same visit. During scaling, our dentist will remove plaque and tart that might have built up beneath the gum line. Then, with root planing, we will smooth out the roots of your teeth, ensuring that your gums adhere firmly to the tooth and provide you with the protection you need.

You need scaling and root planing because a biofilm of bacteria might have formed a sticky film underneath the gumline. Eventually, the bacteria in the plaque can cause information throughout your gums. Then, your gums could pull away from your teeth and form pockets between your gums and your teeth.

If these pockets are allowed to grow, it makes it easier for plaque and tartar to expand in them. Because these pockets are underneath the gumline, it might be difficult to remove them with regular brushing and flossing. That is why a professional dentist might need to perform scaling and root planing.

How Scaling and Root Planing Are Performed

This deep dental cleaning has two separate parts that work together. First, the dentist will perform scaling. The dentist will remove all of the plaque and tartar above and below your gumline. The goal is to clean your teeth all the way down to the bottom of the pocket between your teeth and the gums.

Then, the dentist will perform root planing. The dentist will make sure that all of your roots are smooth, allowing the gums to reattach to the surfaces of your teeth. Sometimes, this can be completed in one visit, but in other cases, it might take more than one visit to finish. We can give you a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable.

Contact Four Points Dental To Schedule Scaling and Root Planing in Austin, TX

After the procedure is done, your teeth might be a bit sensitive for a week. Your gums might also be a bit swollen and inflamed, but this will subside over time. We might give you an antibiotic rinse to prevent an infection from coming back. We may schedule a follow-up visit to review your teeth and ensure your gums are healing properly.

If you want to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, count on our dentist to perform scaling and root planing in Austin, TX. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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