Scaling & Root Planning


Robert Z. Badalov, DDS in Tucson AZ

Gingivitis is a degenerative disease that if left untreated, will cause significant tooth and gum deterioration. Just the word gingivitis can strike panic in a patient’s mind. The reality is that the treatment is simple and performed right in your dentist’s office.

Plaque and tartar that sits on the teeth provides an environment which allows bacteria to thrive and multiply. The bacteria cause the gums to become inflamed and bleed. The condition becomes more noticeable when you brush your teeth or sometimes when you eat. These are signs of the early stage of gingivitis. Gingivitis is easily treated by having the hygienist scale and polish the teeth. If gingivitis is left untreated, the condition will progress and the roots will need a planing. The difference between scaling and root planing is simple. Scaling is the removal of the dental tartar from the tooth surface. Root planing is the process of smoothing the root surfaces and removing the infected tooth structure.

As a non-surgical procedure, scaling and root planing is performed typically with the use of local anesthetic, in the dentist’s office. This ensures for complete comfort during the procedure. Deep scaling and root planing is usually broken down into one half of the mouth per appointment. This allows for adequate healing time, and reduces the time for each appointment.

Robert Badalov, DDS, PLLC
801 N. Wilmot Rd., Suite B1
Tucson, AZ 85711
Phone: 520-745-0321
Fax: 520-745-1044
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