As tarter builds up on your teeth, it causes decay and provides a haven for harmful bacteria. Below the gumline, this bacteria harboring tartar is very hard to reach yourself can lead to gum disease. If you’re seeing the early effects of gum disease, the Boston periodontist at CITIDental High Street can perform a deep cleaning under your gums called scaling and root planing, which can often reverse the damage caused by the infection.
Scaling and root planing, also called conventional periodontal therapy or dental deep cleaning, is a non-invasive process in which tartar and plaque is carefully scoured from the teeth, usually by a periodontist like Dr. O’Connor. Scaling generally refers to thoroughly cleaning the visible surfaces of the teeth, while root planing occurs below the gum line, in the periodontal pockets. The roots of your teet are polished to a smooth surface that allows gum tissue to reattach and guard against further infection. Together, scaling and root planing can halt the progression of gum disease, removing a major source of bacteria from the mouth and relieving the irritation of the gums, making this a major step in the treatment of gingival infection.