When your gums look dark red in color instead of their naturally pink hue after you brush or floss your teeth, you could be starting to show signs of periodontal disease. At City Smiles DC, we offer scaling and root planing (also known as deep periodontal cleaning) performed when gum pockets become more than 5 millimeters deep to restore the health of the gums and teeth, as well as prevent further problems. This is one of the best ways to prevent your gums from getting worse, and from seeing a serious decline in your oral health. During a scaling and root planing treatment with our board-certified dentist, Dr. Stuart Ross, he will remove the plaque and tartar from below the gum line. Then, he will do a planing treatment to smooth the area to prevent buildup. This treatment may be required several times before the patient sees improvement in the gums. If you would like to learn more about scaling and root planing as a periodontal treatment, please call and schedule a dental consultation at our Washington, DC office.
"I couldn't be happier with my experience at City Smiles DC. The patient coordinator, dental hygienist, and Dr. Ross each treated me like an individual, and not just another patient. They made sure I was comfortable, that I understood the different options available to me for my dental health care, and were extremely accommodating. They also presented more cost effective treatment options instead of trying to get the most possible money out of me. In sum, I won't go anywhere else in the DC area from here on out."- A. / Google / Jul 19, 2019
"I couldn't be happier with my experience at City Smiles DC. The patient coordinator, dental hygienist, and Dr. Ross each treated me like an individual, and not just another patient. They made sure I was comfortable, that I understood the different options available to me for my dental health care, and were extremely accommodating. They also presented more cost effective treatment options instead of trying to get the most possible money out of me. In sum, I won't go anywhere else in the DC area from here on out."- A... / Google / Jul 16, 2019
"When our visiting nephew broke his front tooth at 9pm on a Sunday night, we were worried that his Summer would be ruined. Thankfully, we called City Smiles and got to Dr. Ross' emergency phone number. He kindly took our call, advised us to store the broken piece of tooth in water, and promised to call us the next morning. As promised, he called us at 7am the next morning and got our nephew an appointment a few hours later. At City Smiles, Dr. Ross and his team checked in our nephew within minutes, and made him feel calm and at ease. Rather than pressing for an expensive and invasive treatment, Dr. Ross was able to reattach the broken tooth and restore our nephew's smile while protecting the integrity of the tooth. The next day, our nephew was back at Summer camp. We can't thank Dr. Ross and his team enough, and recommend City Smiles to anyone seeking a great dental office staffed by good people that care about their patients."- C.M. / Yelp / Jul 09, 2019
"The professionalism of the staff is Excellent!! Dr. Ross is extremely knowledgeable and takes the time to explain every procedure needed, after he takes a thorough assessment and recommends the appropriate dental treatment needed. I had a wonderful positive experience with everyone in the office. Thank you City Smiles for being THE BEST!!!!"- M.J. / Google / Jun 20, 2019
"I came to Dr. Ross after a life-long dental phobia. Today he crowned four of my molars and I never felt any pain - not once. Dr. Ross and his staff made sure I was comfortable throughout the five hours I was at the office having work done. I couldn’t be more impressed....I never want to see any other dentist. Dr. Ross and his team are amazing....I love them! ♥️"- K.A. / Google / May 23, 2019
What to Expect
Scaling and root planing is performed in the dentist’s office with local anesthesia on the areas being treated and/or sedation to help the patient remain calm and comfortable. The dentist begins by using a manual scaling tool or an ultrasonic cleaner to reach all areas of the gum pocket and remove the plaque and tartar that has built up. Once the gum pocket is cleaned, the dentist will smooth or plane the surface of the tooth to minimize areas where plaque and tartar can become trapped. Once the gum pockets are clean and smooth, they can begin to heal and reattach properly to the tooth root.
After the scaling and root planing treatment, patients might have some inflammation or bleeding of the gums, but this should only last for a few days. Patients should continue or start a daily oral health care routine that includes brushing at least twice a day, flossing, and following any special instructions by the dentist. Patients should return in 2 – 4 months to have their gums re-checked by the dentist. A second treatment may be needed to fully restore the gums or the dentist may refer the patient to a periodontist for special treatment.
A scaling and root planing treatment fee are dependent on the extent of the procedure. Insurance may cover some or all of the cost and our front office will determine each patient’s coverage and out-of-pocket expenses.
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Stop Gum Disease
Scaling and root planing can stop early signs of gum disease, including inflamed and bleeding gums, as well as bad breath and loose teeth. Our dentist, Dr. Stuart Ross, can catch these signs during an annual dental exam and treat the problem effectively with scaling and root planing treatment.