Scaling and root planing are done to clean and treat the gum tissue around the teeth. As the name suggests, it is a combination of two procedures: scaling and root planing. During this procedure, our periodontist in Simi Valley removes bacteria and plaque from the root of the tooth. This is done by using both hand instruments and ultrasonic instruments. The ultrasonic instruments help to remove the plaque from the root of the tooth, where hand instruments are used to clean the gum tissue around the teeth.
During this procedure, our periodontist in Simi Valley will also use a root planer to clean the root surface, which is the outer part of the tooth that is covered with cementum and the area that is covered by the gum tissue. The root surface helps to protect the pulp of the tooth and is very porous. The pores allow the root surface to be able to absorb the bone that is used for the tooth to attach to the jawbone. The root surface is also used to grow the bone during the healing process.
If you are in need of scaling and root planing, we will be able to determine the best material to use for this procedure. The material that we use will depend on the condition of your teeth and the gum tissue. We utilize several different materials, including:
Resin-Based Materials: Resin-based materials are used to treat gum disease. They are used for patients who are allergic to metal, or for those who need a material that is more gentle on the gum tissue. This material is also used for patients who have had previous dental work done that is made out of metal, making it difficult for them to have a procedure done that utilizes metal.
Glass Ionomer: Glass ionomer is a material that is used to treat gum disease. This material is used for patients who have moderate to advanced gum disease and also for patients who have metal implants in their mouth.
Calcium Phosphate: Calcium phosphate is an alloplastic material that is used to treat gum disease. This material is used for patients who have severe gum disease and for patients who have more advanced dental implants.
To learn more about scaling and root planing, feel free to contact our friendly team today. At Simi Valley Periodontics, we are committed to providing you with the absolute best treatment to ensure a healthy, beautiful, and functional smile. Call today!