At SmilesNY, we understand that periodontal disease affects more than just the teeth and gums. Many recent studies have proven that periodontal disease is linked to many systemic diseases including coronary artery disease. At SmilesNY, we strive to treat periodontal disease in the least invasive manner possible. For many patients, early periodontal disease can be effectively treated with scaling and root planing, eliminating the need for more invasive periodontal surgery. SmilesNY offers scaling and root planing in New York City.
Scaling and root planing are periodontal treatments in NYC to remove plaque and tartar from the root surfaces and deep periodontal pockets and to remove bacteria from the surface of the tooth. In many cases, proper scaling and root planing serve as effective treatments for the early stages of periodontal disease, called gingivitis.
While scaling and root planing can be an effective way to combat bacterial infection in the mouth, it is not intended to treat advanced periodontal disease. If the structures of your mouth (bones, ligaments, and other tissues) have been damaged by advanced periodontal disease, you may require periodontal surgery in New York.
Prior to your scaling and root planing, your gums and the roots of your teeth will be numbed using local anesthetic. Once the anesthetic takes effect, we will thoroughly clean the root surfaces and deep periodontal pockets to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria. Scaling and root planing is a relatively short procedure that causes little to no patient discomfort.
When tartar and plaque build up on the teeth, bacteria can begin to develop and settle around the gums. Scaling and root planing leaves the teeth clean and smooth, making it hard for bacteria to stick to them. Ultimately, scaling and root planing can treat the symptoms of early periodontal disease and prevent the gingivitis from progressing to periodontitis.
If you have gingivitis, an early stage of periodontal disease, you may be a good candidate for scaling and root planing in New York. Your dentist at SmilesNY will discuss this treatment option with you at your consultation.