Scaling & Root Planing – Houston, TX

Improving Your Gum Health with a Deep Cleaning

Our dental office provides scaling and root planing, or a deep cleaning for patients dealing with moderate levels of gum disease. It’s a nonsurgical treatment that removes infection-causing bacteria and smoothes tooth roots to prevent reinfection. Periodontal health is closely linked to systemic well-being, and gum disease should be promptly treated. Learn more about scaling and root planing from your dentist in Houston, TX at Sunrise Dental Center.

Woman sharing healthy smile after scaling and root planing

Why Choose Sunrise Dental Center for Scaling & Root Planing?

  • We Accept Dental Insurance
  • Our Team Speaks Spanish Fluently
  • In the Community Since 1986

Scaling and Root
Planing: An Overview

Closeup of smile during sclaing and root planing

Healthy gums fit tightly around the teeth. When there is infection, the bacteria eats away at the gum tissue, forming pockets that can eventually lead to the loss of your teeth.

In your regular checkup and cleaning, we will measure the depth of any pockets surrounding the teeth. Once they reach a certain depth, successful treatment often requires scaling and root planing.

To perform scaling and root planing, your dentist uses special tools to clean the surface of the teeth and roots. Harmful infection-causing bacteria is removed through “scaling,” and “root planing” involves smoothing the root to reduce inflammation and prevent reinfection.

Scaling and root planing may be combined with antibiotic treatment, either placed directly onto the infection or taken orally. The treatment is usually completed over the course of several visits to Sunrise Dental Center. Local anesthesia numbs the treatment area for your complete comfort each step of the way.

While scaling and root planing often heals moderate levels of gum disease, it may also be recommended as a preliminary procedure before surgical treatment for periodontitis.

The Need for
Gum Disease Treatment

Woman looking at smile after gum disease treatment

In its beginning stages, gum disease is easy to reverse with improved oral hygiene at home. But after the condition reaches a certain level, you will need to partner with your dentist for complete healing. Oral infections rarely heal on their own. Scaling and root planing heals moderate levels of gum disease, which is necessary for avoiding related health conditions.

Periodontal disease has been linked to:

  • Cardiovascular disease and other heart problems
  • Respiratory issues (pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and bronchitis)
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • And an increased risk of other medical conditions

Your gums are the gateway to the rest of your body, and keeping them healthy is vital for your continued overall wellbeing.

Preventing Gum Disease

Man flossing teeth to prevent gum disease

Avoid the need for gum disease treatment at all by taking steps to prevent the condition from forming in the first place. Maintain excellent dental hygiene, including brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. Eat a balanced, nutritious diet, and avoid tobacco use for healthier teeth and gums. With regular preventive attention and a healthy overall lifestyle, you will enjoy a happier, better-looking smile and a healthier body, too.

Schedule an Appointment Today

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Do not put off treatment for gum disease when you need it. Periodontal disease takes a toll on your systemic wellbeing -- but your dentist in Houston provides comfortable scaling and root planing therapy to return your smile to its good health. Request an appointment today!