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Gum disease occurs in two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis. Periodontitis often results in irreversible dental issues, such as bone loss, but gingivitis can usually be treated with a process called scaling and root planing. Star Dental offers scaling and root planing among our periodontal treatment to reverse the effects of gum disease.

Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning service used to treat and prevent gum disease by removing plaque from under the gums. The treatment is a two-step process:

– Step 1. Scaling removes the tartar and plaque from your teeth and beneath your gums using dental instruments or ultrasonic devices.

– Step 2. Root planing cleans and smooths the surfaces of the roots so that bacteria has difficulty sticking to them.

In addition to scaling and root planing, our team at Star Dental strongly recommends regular dental cleanings to screen for gum disease and remove harmful plaque before it poses a real risk to your teeth. If your teeth are vulnerable to gum disease and tooth decay, our dentists may recommend professional cleanings more than twice a year.

For more information about scaling and root planing, as well as additional gum disease treatment, we encourage you to contact Star Dental at 916.773.6222 to schedule an appointment.