Scaling & Root Planing

Scaling and Root Planning

Gingivitis is a generative disease that left untreated, will cause significant tooth and gum deterioration. Just the word gingivitis can strike panic in a patient’s mind. The reality is that the treatment is simple and performed right in your dentist’s office.

Plaque and tarter that sits on the teeth provides an environment, which allows bacteria to thrive and multiply. The bacteria cause the gums to become inflamed and bleed. The condition becomes more noticeable when you brush your teeth or sometimes when you eat. These are signs of the early stage of gingivitis. Gingivitis is easily treated by having the hygienist scale and polish the teeth. If gingivitis is left untreated, the condition will progress and the roots will need a planing. The difference between scaling and root planing is simple. Scaling is the removal of the dental tartar from the tooth surface Root planing is the process of smoothing the root surfaces and removing the infected tooth structure.

As a non-surgical procedure, scaling and planing is performed without any anesthesia, in the dentist’s office. While the procedure is usually painless, advanced stages of gingivitis may make it necessary to numb the area for complete comfort. Deep scaling and root planing is usually broken down into one section of the mouth per appointment. This allows for adequate healing time, and reduces the time for each appointment.

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Monday:

10:00 am-7:00 pm

Tuesday:

10:00 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

Sept 4 and Sept 18, 9 am-2 pm

Saturday:

Sept 5 and Sept 19, 9 am-2 pm

Sunday:

Closed

    Well-Informed About Treatment Plan

    I appreciated how Dr. Barker showed my x-rays on a large monitor & explained what I was looking at. I felt informed & part of the treatment process. The administrative staff were also very helpful in explaining the costs of treatment and how my insurance would be contributing.

    - Jessica Y. 12/1/2017

    Excellent and easy visit

    Everything from beginning to end of this visit went smoothly. Scheduling was easy. The cleaning was thorough and efficient. Billing and insurance to get out the door was quick. I had not been to a dentist in years and I felt comfortable here.

    - Beck L. 12/6/2017

     Great service and professionalism

    Dr Barker provides high quality service with his thoroughness and knowledge. He explains things well to his patients and discusses any questions/concerns a patients may have. I can't say enough good things about him and his staff.

    - Naheed T. 12/12/2017