One of the main components of periodontal therapy at The Tabas Center for Advanced Dentistry is a procedure referred to as scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical approach to preventing the spread of gum disease through the careful cleaning of the root surface below the gum line to remove plaque, tartar, toxins, and stains. All of these elements cause inflammation to the gum tissue and surrounding bone. This procedure is similiar to a routine dental cleaning, but is more thorough and an important step in stopping periodontal disease from progressing, especially once deeper pockets have formed in the gums and bone. Dr. Tabas believes that scaling and root planing is one of the most effective periodontal methods of treating gum disease before it becomes serious and threatens the health of your teeth and gums. With gum disease, pockets form that are deeper than normal, so this kind of non-surgical periodontal treatment is often referred to as a deep cleaning. Always with your comfort in mind, our Philadelphia Gum Disease Dentist, Dr. Tabas, will numb the area prior to your treatment.
Research has regularly demonstrated that scaling and root planing significantly reduces inflammation of the gums, reduces “pocket” depths and shifts the bacteria living in these pockets from those related to disease to those related to health. With that research in mind, scaling and root planing is usually the first method of treatment recommended by our Philadelphia Gum Disease Dentist, for treating all forms of periodontal disease. In addition to scaling and root planing, antibiotics may be used in pill form or locally administered into the pockets.
With or without antibiotics, it’s important to remember that there are limits to the degree of which scaling and root planing can control periodontal disease. Our Philadelphia Gum Disease Dentist will recommend more advanced periodontal processes when scaling and root planning alone can’t control the disease. These processes are aimed at reducing the periodontal pocketing and sometimes include techniques focusing on restoration of the bone that has been lost to the periodontal disease. At The Tabas Center for Advanced Dentistry we use state-of-the-art equipment to offer you the best treatment results from your periodontal therapy. We pride ourselves on not only meeting your expectations of a healthy smile, but exceeding them.