Scaling & Root Planing Houston, TX

Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth every day. Brushing can keep a certain amount of plaque from forming, but not all. If plaque is not removed, the bacteria can cause inflammation and gum disease.

Inflammation causes the gums to pull away from the teeth, leaving spaces or pockets. The pockets then trap more plaque below the gum line and cannot be removed with regular brushing and flossing. If this plaque remains below the gum line, it can lead to bone loss and tooth loss.

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If gum disease is found and has not caused any damage to the structures below the gum line, professional cleaning may be enough to clear away the plaque causing it, but if the pockets are too deep, scaling and root planing may be required to remove the plaque.

Chronic periodontitis is advanced gum disease (progressed past gingivitis). Chronic periodontitis can be found in 47.2% of adults over the age of 30 in the United States. Scaling and planing is a beneficial treatment for chronic periodontitis and is a two-part deep cleaning process.

Scaling removes the plaque and tartar above and below the gumline. When the plaque is removed and the pockets exposed, planing is done to smooth the tooth roots to allow the gums to reattach to the teeth.

Dr. Saba and Dr. Frangie provide scaling and planing for patients battling gum disease.