Scaling and Root Planning

Scaling and Root Planing in Lake Jackson

Periodontal treatment is a vital aspect of protecting your teeth from serious problems that might lead to tooth loss, especially periodontal disease (gum disease). Periodontal care focuses on the sensitive gum tissue around the teeth, which secure and supply blood to the bone and each tooth in your mouth.

A special type of cleaning called scaling and root planing is one such treatment that helps to combat periodontal disease.

Periodontal scaling and root planing is performed to reverse moderate gum disease. Done promptly, it can protect teeth that have been affected by infection and erosion of gum tissue. During this procedure, your dentist will work to thoroughly eliminate the deep infection.

Photo of a woman receiving scaling and root planing dental services in Lake Jackson, TX.

What is Scaling and Root Planing? A Brief Overview

Scaling and root planing is a more advanced step than a regular dental cleaning. While a typical cleaning focuses on the tooth’s visible surface, root scaling goes below the gum line.

As a result, this kind of periodontal procedure may be also referred to as a deep cleaning.

While a standard cleaning is intended to prevent periodontal disease, a deep cleaning is used when you already have it. The doctors at All Smiles Dentistry can recognize the signs of periodontal disease even without using an X-ray because infected gum tissue does not fit snugly around teeth.

As dental plaque damages soft tissue, it also harms the bone, causing deeper pockets within the gums. These pockets, in turn, foster the development of gum disease.

Enter scaling and root planing, a powerful protective measure.

During this intensive procedure, all the plaque deposits and bacteria are removed from your teeth and root surfaces – this is the scaling. Then comes root planing, the smoothing of all rough areas on the surfaces of your tooth roots.

When root surfaces have been smoothed out, it is more difficult for plaque to develop. When brushing and flossing are carried out regularly, scaling and root planing makes periodontal disease less likely in the future.

Get Scaling and Root Planing Performed by Lake Jackson’s Leaders in Periodontics

Because it affects the teeth, roots and gums throughout any infected area of your mouth, the scaling and root planing process can take more than one visit to perform. Likewise, you must be monitored to ensure the gums are reacting well at each step.

Only a true periodontal expert should be entrusted with this important work – and All Smiles Dentistry is here to help. We focus on advanced training that allows us to incorporate all the latest dental research (even lasers!) and pursue the best possible outcomes for our patients. Contact us today to get started on your way to a healthy smile!

Healthy gums are needed for strong teeth and a beautiful smile. Across Lake Jackson, Pearland, and Brazoria County, All Smiles is the trusted name for excellence in periodontal care.



“The service provided was excellent. The doctor was very gentle and made sure I was comfortable before performing the work. The staff was so nice. All Smiles is the only place I will go for my dental work” Bobby V.

Come to All Smiles Dentistry for Periodontal Treatment You Can Trust

To get started with your periodontal maintenance cleanings, contact us today for information or an appointment. We look forward to helping you soon.


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