AZ Dental offers scaling and root planing treatments to remove plaque and tartar from your mouth and help you manage the harmful bacteria in your mouth.  This non-surgical treatment is highly effective for individuals suffering from mild to moderate forms of gum disease.  Contact us at 408-227-6000 to make your appointment with Dr. Lynna Bui and learn more about scaling and root planing in San Jose, California.

Scaling and root planing may be offered as a preventive treatment or as a stand-alone treatment.  Our periodontist may recommend this procedure for:

  • Disease Prevention – the oral bacteria which cause gum disease can travel through the bloodstream to other areas of the body. Scaling and root planing remove these harmful bacteria, preventing it from travelling to other areas of the body.
  • Tooth Protection – scaling and root planing help keep your gum pockets from deepening, which in turn prevents gum recession and tooth loss.
  • Aesthetic Effects – this treatment removes plaque and tartar from both your teeth and below the gum line. If superficial stains are present on the teeth, this procedure also removes them.
  • Better Breath – halitosis is one of the most common signs of periodontal disease. Scaling and root planing removes the bacteria and food particles that cause persistent bad breath in the mouth.

Our periodontist will conduct a thorough examination of your mouth, which will include X-rays as well as a visual examination, to determine whether or not you need a scaling and root planing treatment.  Local anesthetic may be used depending on the condition of your gums, the amount of calculus on your teeth, and the depth of your periodontal pockets.

We will begin by scaling your teeth using special dental instruments, including an ultrasonic scaling tooth.  This will remove calculus and plaque from the surface of your teeth.  An antimicrobial agent may also be provided during this stage of treatment to help reduce the amount of oral bacteria in your mouth.

Following scaling, our periodontist will then smooth the roots of your tooth, removing cementum and surface dentin that contains unwanted toxins and tartar.  This will help promote healing and prevent bacteria from colonizing that area again.  Antibiotic treatment may be provided following this procedure.

For more information about scaling and root planing, please contact our practice today.