At Hastings Family Dental, we understand the foundational importance of healthy gums to your overall oral health. Scaling and root planing is a cornerstone treatment for combating gum disease, especially in its early to moderate stages. This deep cleaning procedure is designed to meticulously remove plaque and tartar buildup from below the gumline, addressing the root cause of gum inflammation and infection.

The process of scaling and root planing involves:

  • Scaling: Carefully removing plaque and tartar (calculus) from the tooth surfaces and beneath the gums. This step is crucial for clearing out the bacteria that cause gum disease.
  • Root Planing: Smoothing out the roots of your teeth to help the gums reattach and to prevent further plaque and tartar buildup. This also makes it more difficult for bacteria to adhere to the tooth surfaces.

Patients who undergo scaling and root planing at our practice can expect several benefits:

  • Significantly reduced gum inflammation and bleeding
  • Prevention of disease progression, potentially avoiding the need for more invasive treatments
  • Improvement in overall gum health, leading to a firmer, healthier foundation for your teeth
  • Reduction in periodontal pockets, decreasing the risk of future infections

Following the treatment, our dentists and team may provide personalized aftercare instructions and recommendations for maintaining your gum health, including proper brushing, flossing techniques and regular checkups.

If you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease, such as persistent bad breath, swollen or bleeding gums or sensitivity, scaling and root planing in Hastings and Doniphan, Nebraska, may be a recommended course of action. Contact us to schedule an assessment with Dr. Raul Franco, Dr. Allison Kern, Dr. Chuck Bauer and Dr. Tressa Gloystein. Together, we can work towards restoring your gums to health and protecting your smile for the future.