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.
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"Dr. Ross and his team are amazingly warm and friendly. They instill a sense of comfort in their patients and do all they can to make sure you understand your different options."- A.H. / Google / Mar 04, 2019
"I just returned from City Smiles and I can't express how happy (and relieved) I am with Dr. Ross and his wonderful team. I'm another one of those terrified about going to the dentist and neglected my teeth for far too long. When I had a major problem last Friday night, my husband (who has been a long-time patient) called Dr. Ross, who fit us in when he didn't have office hours on Saturday. He took his time to explain everything to me and did not make me feel neglectful or embarrassed. His bedside manner is the best I've seen with any doctor. Today, he and Deneen and Ashley took excellent care of me and I know I'll be a regular patient going forward. I can't recommend them highly enough. Thank you Dr. Ross and everyone at City Smiles!"- J.B. / Yelp / Feb 11, 2019
"Semi-Annual Cleaning Appointment - I have been coming to see Dr. Ross and his team for 28 years and have enjoyed every minute of the experience. I hope he will be around for another 28 years"- R.M. / RateABiz / Feb 08, 2019
"Highly, highly recommend City Smiles! Dr. Ross was so personable and thoroughly explained his process. He was very informative and answered all my questions. The staff was incredible as well. Very helpful in regards to insurance questions and dealing with the insurance provider."- M.S. / Google / Jan 24, 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.