Gum disease treatment & deep dental cleanings
If your teeth feel sensitive or your gums bleed when you floss or brush, scaling and root planning may be the best way to prevent further damage to your teeth and gums. Scaling and root planning is a deep dental cleaning and gum disease treatment that helps your teeth and gums regain health and comfort. Family dentist Dr. Jeff S. Luffey, DDS, and his team of dental hygienists perform scaling and root planing in Albuquerque, NM.
Left untreated, plaque build-up can lead to periodontal disease and tooth loss. It’s important to see a family dentist as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your teeth, gums and mouth. Dr. Luffey has many years of experience performing successful teeth scaling and root planning treatments as a preventative measure for cases of gingivitis and moderate to severe periodontal disease.
Treat Gum Disease with Teeth Scaling & Root Planing in Albuquerque
Dr. Luffey will begin with a dental checkup at his Albuquerque dentist’s office, including x-rays and a thorough examination of the mouth. Dr. Luffey will examining the condition of your gums, the amount of tartar present and the progression of gum disease and may recommend scaling and root planing treatment:
Scaling – Teeth scaling gently removes built-up plaque and tartar below the gum line using an ultrasonic tool. The ultrasonic scaling tool targets beneath the gum line and includes an irrigation process that can be used to deliver an antimicrobial agent below the gums to reduce oral bacteria.
Root planing – Root planing gently smoothes your teeth to remove rough spots on the tooth and root that tend to harbor bacteria. It removes the unwanted microorganisms and tartar from the teeth. The root of the teeth is smoothed to promote healing and prevent bacteria from easily colonizing in the future.
Typically, scaling and planing treatments can be done in one sitting if gum disease is in its initial stage. Advanced stages of gum diseases sometimes require more than one appointment. In advanced cases, Dr. Luffey typically treats a quarter of your teeth at one time.
A successful scaling and planing carries many benefits, including gum disease prevention and protection against tooth loss. Scaling and root planing also has cosmetic benefits, removing superficial stains and making your smile more aesthetically pleasing.
Sedation Dentistry—For a Comfortable Dental Visit
Sometimes a fear of the dentist may prevent you from getting the treatment you need to keep your teeth and gums healthy. For that reason, Dr. Luffey offers sedation dentistry to keep you comfortable throughout your teeth scaling and root planing treatment. The technique offers so much comfort that many patients do not remember the visit and feel as though they slept through their dental treatment. That means you get the important gum disease treatment that you need without any fear!