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Scaling and root planing is a beneficial treatment your dentist, Dr. Patrick L. Huston, DDS, MSD, offers to help restore your oral health. It is conventional periodontal therapy that is a deep and thorough cleaning of the roots of the teeth. It involves the removal of dental plaque and tartar from your smile. If you have questions about scaling and root planing, our dentist is happy to help you find the answers by providing the answers to these commonly asked questions:

Q: Is scaling and root planing painful?
A: Your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the mouth before treatment. This should help you avoid feeling any pain or discomfort during the treatment. Your dentist might even give you a sedative to help you stay relaxed in the dental chair.

Q: Why do I need scaling and root planing?
A: Scaling and root planing is needed when you are a victim of gum disease. Gum disease is a serious and dangerous dental issue that can destroy your smile and oral health if it’s not treated. Scaling and root planing removes the substances that cause the disease and restores your oral health.

Q: Is a professional dental cleaning the same as scaling and root planing?
A: No, they are not the same. A professional dental cleaning removes the plaque and tartar from the teeth and gumline while scaling and root planing removes plaque and tartar from the tooth roots, smooths out the root surfaces, and promotes healing in the gums.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about scaling and root planing in Tustin, California, please contact OC Advanced Periodontics today at 714-795-3117. Our dental team is happy to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to your phone call!