By E. John Baron DDS
January 26, 2016
Category: Dentistry
Tags: scaling   root planing  

What is Scaling and Root Planing? The truth about scaling and root planing.

You realize you haven’t been to visit the dentist in a long time. You think you might need a cleaning but just aren't sure what kind of scaling and root planingcleaning. Dr. John Baron, your family and cosmetic dentist in Santa Cruz, California, has the answers you are looking for.

Over time, if plaque and toxins are allowed to accumulate, your gums become inflamed causing gingivitis or gum inflammation. If you don’t have your teeth cleaned regularly, a hard substance called calculus or tartar will form on your teeth, above and below the gumline. This hard substance is a perfect surface for plaque to cling to.

This process, in turn, begins to cause periodontal or gum disease. If untreated, you begin to lose the soft tissue and bone around your teeth. The damage is going unnoticed because to you, your gums just bleed a little, and you don’t worry about it. You might not even know this is happening and then suddenly, you start to lose teeth.

The secretive nature of periodontal disease is exactly why you need to visit Dr. Baron regularly, so he can monitor the state of your gums and teeth, and his highly skilled hygienists can provide you with excellent dental cleanings.

Scaling is performed using hand instruments and ultrasonic cleaning devices to remove the hard deposits attached to your teeth, both above and below the gumline.

If you are beginning to have periodontal disease, you will most likely have a pocket, a crevice around your teeth where you have lost bone and soft tissue support. After removal of hard calculus, you may need root planing.

Root planing typically utilizes different instruments than scaling, with blades that are a bit longer, to get to the bottom of periodontal pockets and literally “plane” the root surfaces smooth. A smooth root surface is better able to remain clean and free of plaque.

At the office of Dr. John Baron, in Santa Cruz, California, the goal of scaling is to stop inflammation in your gums and eliminate bleeding. The goal of root planing is to hopefully reduce the depth of the pockets around your teeth by giving you back a healthy tissue-to-tooth attachment. He wants you to have a healthy mouth that you can easily clean yourself by daily brushing and flossing.

So if you regularly go to see Dr. Baron, you are doing a lot to protect your oral and general health. On the other hand, if you haven’t been to the dentist in a long time, give Dr. John Baron, your family and cosmetic dentist in Santa Cruz, California a call today. Find out what regularly cleanings and periodontal therapy can do to protect your mouth. Don’t give bacteria another day to hide!


E. John Baron DDS, INC.
550 Water Street, Suite L-1
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 426-9200


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