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Scaling and Root Planing in San Francisco, CA

Gum Disease Treatment and Prevention

The presence of gum disease threatens your overall oral health and can lead to bone and tooth loss if left untreated. Our dental experts at Symphony Dental Studio perform scaling and root planing treatment to prevent gum disease from spreading and protect your teeth. Scaling and root planing can be performed to treat existing periodontitis or to prevent gum disease from developing. If you or your child have signs of gum disease or infection, contact our practice in San Francisco, CA, today to see if scaling and root planing is the right step for your smile’s health.

What Is Scaling and Root Planing?

Scaling and root planing is a type of deep cleaning treatment for periodontal disease, or gum disease. This non-surgical procedure involves removing plaque, tartar, and other agents that cause inflammation around the teeth and gums. The goal of this treatment is to thoroughly clean the pockets around the teeth so that infection or disease does not spread. 

Signs of Gum Disease

Gum disease occurs when plaque forms on your teeth and is not cleaned properly. Plaque contains bacteria that causes gum inflammation. When inflamed, your gums pull away from your teeth and form pockets, which easily trap additional plaque and bacteria that cannot be removed with regular brushing. If you notice any of these signs or symptoms of gum disease, you should schedule a visit with your dentist: 

  • Chronic bad breath
  • Swollen gums 
  • Gums that bleed easily 
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Receding gums 
  • Pain when chewing 

If left untreated, gum disease can cause tooth loss. Fortunately, gum disease can be treated when caught in its early stages with scaling and root planing. If you notice any of these signs or are due for a dental exam, contact Symphony Dental Studio in San Francisco, CA, for an appointment. 

The Scaling and Root Planing Procedure

Prior to treatment, we will take dental X-rays of your mouth to diagnose the severity of the periodontitis. For your comfort, we may use a local anesthetic to numb the area, allowing you to relax comfortably while we perform this non-invasive procedure. 

First, we perform scaling. This involves removing bacteria and tartar from your teeth and beneath your gums using special tools or ultrasonic instruments. Next, we perform root planing, which involves smoothing the root surfaces to discourage future bacteria buildup. 

Advanced periodontitis may require dental surgery to remove deep infection and restore the gums and jaw bone. However, when caught early, our dental experts can treat gum disease and prevent it from causing further damage with scaling and root planing. Remember that you can prevent gum disease by practicing good oral hygiene and seeing your general dentist for regular exams. After your procedure, we are happy to discuss proper brushing techniques and recommend products to establish a healthy oral hygiene routine.

Types of Sedation

There are several sedation options available. We will help select the right choice for you depending on your specific needs and treatment.

Scaling and Root Planing in San Francisco, CA

If you have mild to moderate gum disease, our dental specialists can perform safe and comfortable scaling and root planing. Contact Symphony Dental Studio today if you or your child have signs of gum disease or if you are due for a dental exam. Scaling and root planing may be the next step in improving and protecting your oral health.

Compassionate Experts Dedicated to Your Dental Health

We want all of our patients to have a comfortable and positive dental experience. Our team is always here to answer questions and provide support throughout your journey to a healthier and happier smile. Contact us today to schedule your appointment or to learn about the range of dental services we offer.