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Root Planning and Scaling

Dentist Libertyville

ROOT PLANNING AND SCALING

Dentist Libertyville

This extensive cleaning treatment is provided by the hygienist for patients who have tartar, calculus, and bacteria buried below the gum line on the tooth. Your regular tooth brushing and flossing removes the tartar that is above the gum line of your tooth. Root planing and scaling helps to prevent, and in some cases to treat gum disease. This technique is most often used when the gum pockets of your tooth have a measurement that is greater than 3mm. When tartar and calculus attach to your tooth below the gum line, they pull the gum tissue away from the tooth creating a deep pocket. The tartar and calculus must be removed so that the gum can heal closing the pocket to less than 4mm. If not treated, the tartar and bacteria will begin to cause gum disease and will deteriorate your bone, tissue, and teeth.

One Year-Old Exams

It’s important to remember that baby teeth serve as place-holders for adult teeth. If baby teeth are damaged, permanent teeth can grow in out of position, resulting in crowding and/or crooked teeth.

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