Scaling and Root Planing
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Dr Bidgoli’s practice is limited to Endodontics. Dr. Bidgoli performs both simple and complex endodontic procedures, which include Root Canal Therapy, Retreatment, and Endodontic surgery. To help you understand your options, descriptions of some of our procedures are on this page. If you have questions or need to contact us.
Some cases of acute periodontal (gum) disease that do not respond to more conventional treatment and self-care such as flossing may require a special kind of cleaning called scaling and root planing.
The procedure begins with administration of a local anesthetic to reduce any discomfort. Then, a small instrument called a "scaler," or an ultrasonic cleaner, is used to clean beneath your gum line to remove plaque and tartar.
The root surfaces on the tooth are then planed and smoothed. If effective, scaling and root planing helps the gums reattach themselves to the tooth structure. Additional measures may be needed if the periodontal pockets persist after scaling and root planing.