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Scaling and Root Planning

Deep Cleaning for Gum Disease

Scaling and root planing is a deep-cleaning procedure that is used to treat periodontitis (gum disease) before it becomes severe. It usually takes place when the gums have started to pull away from the teeth or when the roots of the teeth have developed a build-up of tartar.

The deep-cleaning process is split into two parts, scaling and root planing.

Scaling is the process of removing tartar from the surfaces of the teeth. This is done with a scaling hand tool, an ultrasonic device, or both.  

Root planing is the part of the procedure that involves smoothing out your teeth roots to help your gums reattach to your teeth. Planing makes it harder for plaque to accumulate in the future and makes future gum deep-cleans easier. 

The Scaling and Root Planing Procedure

Dr. Bonomo or your dentist will tell you when, or how often, you need a deep gum cleaning. This is a non-surgical periodontic procedure designed to remove harmful bacteria that has accumulated below the gums.

Treatment can last up to 4 hours, but the Bonomo Periodontics team will take all the necessary precautions to ensure that this is not a stressful experience for you, including sedation. 

The Bonomo team will give you special medication that is to be taken 1 hour before your appointment. These medications relax and mildly sedate you for the duration of the periodontic gum cleaning appointment. Local anesthesia can also be used to ensure that you are comfortable.

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