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Scaling & Root Planing


One of the first treatment methods used to combat gum disease is scaling and root planing. This deep cleaning procedure is used to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth, especially when they are found under the gum line. Plaque and tartar are responsible for gum inflammation and a variety of other problems, so it is important to treat the issue thoroughly.

What is Scaling?


Scaling focuses on removing plague and tartar along the root and below the gum line. An ultrasonic scaling tool is used, and it includes an irrigation process that delivers antimicrobial agents to reduce bacteria.

What is Root Planing?


Root planing is often done along with scaling. It involves removing cementum and surface dentin that might be housing unwanted microorganisms, tartar, and toxins. The root will be smoothed down in order to promote healing, and this also helps with preventing bacteria from colonizing there in the future.

What Are the Advantages?


Scaling and root planing are helpful in preventing disease, as the bacteria from gum infections can travel through the blood to affect other parts of the body. The procedure also protects from tooth loss, especially when deep pockets have formed between the teeth and the gums.

Schedule An Appointment


Are you ready to schedule an appointment? Do you have questions? Get your journey started towards a healthy, confident smile at one of our three convenient locations in San Antonio and Pleasanton, TX. For more information or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (210) 614-4700 or fill out online appointment request form.

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San Antonio: Medical Center
7272 Wurzbach Rd
Suite 1201
San Antonio, TX 78240
(210) 614-4700


San Antonio: Alamo Ranch
10919 Culebra Rd
Suite 1201
San Antonio, TX 78253
(210) 614-4700


San Antonio: Stone Oak
1130 E. Sonterra Blvd
Suite 120
San Antonio, TX 78258
(210) 614-4700


Pleasanton
800 N. Bryant St
Pleasanton, TX 78064
(210) 614-4700
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