Scaling and Root Planing in The Woodlands, TX

Non-Invasive Treatment for Gum Disease

If plaque and tartar is left on the teeth, as we mentioned before, it provides the right conditions for bacteria to thrive. The bacteria irritate the gums, which can cause them to bleed more easily. You may notice this if you are brushing your teeth or eating, and your gums bleed a bit. This is the early stage of gum disease called gingivitis.

The Scaling & Root Planing Procedure

If you have gingivitis, your dentist or hygienist will clean your teeth by scaling and polishing them. In the first part of the procedure, we’ll scale your teeth — this involves removing all the plaque and tartar from your teeth.

The second step is called root planing. Your dentist will smooth out your tooth roots to make bacteria less likely to attack them again. This gives them a chance to recover from being damaged so you can restore your smile.

They may also recommend an antiseptic mouthwash containing chlorhexidine and show you how to brush and floss your teeth effectively. Most adults have some degree of gum disease.