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Scaling & Root Planing – Leesburg, VA

Removing Harmful Plaque to Improve Gum Health

No one wants to learn they have gum disease. Unfortunately, for millions of adults living in the United States, it is an all-too-common realization that is often void of treatment. What can easily start at gingivitis (and be reversed) can quickly escalate to periodontitis, which means the infection and inflammation attack the bone, teeth, and can even spread throughout the body. At Downtown Family Dental of Leesburg, our team wants to help you avoid this possibility; however, should it progress before proper steps are taken, there is a way to minimize complications and improve gum health – scaling and root planing in Leesburg. Using this technique, our team can prevent further reinfection and get your smile back on track. To learn more about this unique method of care, review the following information and contact our office to schedule an appointment.

A man having his teeth and gums examined to determine if he needs scaling and root planing in Leesburg

How Does Scaling & Root Planing Work?

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The process of undergoing scaling and root planing is two-fold. First, Dr. Pham and her team will need to examine your teeth and gums to determine there are gum pocket formations and plaque and tartar spreading beneath the surface. Once this is established, you will be provided with mild sedation, if necessary, to ensure you are comfortable throughout the procedure.  

Dr. Pham will then begin to use specialized dental instruments to perform the scaling part of the process. This requires scraping away any plaque and tartar accumulations around your teeth and gum line before moving deep within the gum pocket. Once she is finished with this step, she will move on to the root planing portion. Because gum disease causes the tissue to pull away from your tooth root, she will need to smooth out this area to encourage the tissue to reattach and prevent further gum recession.

To prevent further reinfection, it will likely be necessary for Dr. Pham to recommend more frequent dental checkups and cleanings (about every 3 months) to ensure your gum tissue is healthy.

Who Needs Scaling & Root Planing?

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If you suffer from any of the following problems, you are a likely candidate for scaling and root planing:

Why is the Procedure Beneficial?

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If you want to restore your gum health and feel better about your smile, you will find that scaling and root planing is an incredibly beneficial method of treatment. Here’s why:

Aftercare Instructions

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When returning home from your scaling and root planing procedure, there are a few things you’ll want to remember, such as:

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