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First Sierra Dental | Scaling & Root Planing in Fresno

First Sierra Dental

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Scaling & Root Planing


Plaque and tarter that sits on the teeth provides an environment, which allows bacteria to thrive and multiply.  The bacteria causes 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 routine cleanings with your hygienist and good home care. However, if gingivitis is left untreated, the condition will progress and the gums and bone holding your teeth in place will become compromised.

Periodontitis is an intermediate or advance stage of gum disease. During your rountine visits, your dentist and hygienist works hand in hand with you, evaluating your gums. They use tools to measure between the teeth and x-rays to check the bone level between the teeth. If Periodontitis is present in you mouth, a non-surgical procedure will be recommended to help treat it. is

Scaling and Root Planing or deep cleaning is the best way to help treat intermediate to advance stages of gum disease. During Scaling and Root Planing, the patient will be numb to ensure comfort. With sharp instruments, your hygienist will remove plaque, dental tartar and bacteria below the gum line and smooth the root surfaces. This creates a clean surface which making it harder for bacteria to adhere to and easier for you to floss. Scaling and Root Planing is usually broken down to 2-3 visits to allow healing and comfort. Depending on each individual's case of gum disease, 1-2 sections of the mouth will be treated at each visit.

After Scaling and Root Planing, your hygienist will help coordinate a re-care system to help you maintain your oral health. For most patients with gum disease, frequent cleaning maintenance are needed to prevent progression of gum disease. Periodontitis is not a curable disease, but can be easily maintained with professional cleanings and good home care routines.

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