Deep Teeth Cleaning

Dr. Moskowitz and his hygienists will only perform scaling and root planing after a thorough examination of the mouth, which may include taking x-rays and visually examining the mouth. Depending on the condition of the gums, the amount of tartar present, the depth of the pockets, and the progression of periodontitis, Dr. Moskowitz may recommend scaling and root planing. In some cases, a local anesthesia may be used during the procedure.

If treatment is successful, scaling and planing may have many periodontal benefits. One is that it can help prevent disease. Another benefit of treatment is protecting teeth against tooth loss. When gum pockets exceed 3mm in depth, the risk for periodontal disease increases. As pockets deepen, more bacteria are able to colonize, eventually causing a chronic inflammatory response by the body to destroy gingival and bone tissue. This leads to tooth loss.