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Scaling and Root Planing

The Scaling and Root Planing Procedure

Tooth Loss Risk Increases With Pocket Depth

Scaling and root planing treatment is most effective in the early stages of gum disease and can help to reduce periodontal pocket depths up to two or three millimeters on average.

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Scaling And Root Planing

Scaling and Root Planing in Tinton Falls, NJ

If you have been recently diagnosed with periodontal disease, now is the time to seek treatment. When diagnosed and treated early, the adverse effects of periodontal disease can be greatly diminished. Dr. Jeffrey Zatzkin is a periodontist in Tinton Falls, NJ offering periodontitis treatment to his patients.

The beginning stage of periodontal disease is gingivitis. Gingivitis only affects the gum tissue and can be treated and reversed. Some patients experience inflammation and bleeding of the gums with brushing and flossing. If left untreated, gingivitis can develop into periodontal disease. Periodontal disease does not simply go away and periodontitis treatment should be sought immediately. Periodontal disease is a severe active infection in your mouth that not only eats away your gums and bone but has also been shown to increase systemic health issues like diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and some forms of cancer. The early removal of this bacteria, and plaque and tartar deposits that harbor them, is vital to controlling your disease. This removal is accomplished through a procedure called scaling and root planing.

Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical periodontitis treatment. Generally, with scaling and root planing, Dr. Zatzkin will make sure you are properly numb so you will not experience any pain with your procedure. Hand instruments and ultrasonic tools will be used to remove the accumulation of plaque and tartar above and below the gum line that is causing the persistence of the infection. We will also make sure the surfaces of your roots are smooth to encourage reattachment of your gum tissue.

Dr. Zatzkin will inform you of how to care for your teeth after your procedure and how often to have your teeth professionally cleaned to control your periodontal disease. With periodontitis treatment, it is important to maintain good home care and to avoid using tobacco based products. Dr. Zatzkin may also suggest using an antimicrobial mouth rinse.

Scaling and root planing is most effective when performed at the early stages of periodontal disease. If you would like to receive periodontitis treatment or want to know more about scaling and root planing in Red Bank, NJ, call Dr. Zatzkin’s office to schedule an appointment today.