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Scaling and Root Planing – Annapolis, MD

Deep Cleaning for Healthier Gums

Nearly half of American adults over the age of 30 are suffering from gum disease at one severity or another. Fortunately, this infection of the soft tissues is easily preventable and can be treated. At Vanik Dental Group of Annapolis, Dr. John Vanik offers scaling and root planing to fight back against gum disease. If you notice early signs of gum disease and think you may benefit from a deep cleaning for healthier gums, contact us! We’re eager to answer your questions and get you started!

Why Choose Vanik Dental Group of Annapolis for Scaling and Root Planing?

  • Dedicated Dentist and Team Members
  • Intraoral Cameras to Catch All Details
  • Dental Insurance and Flexible Financing

What Is Gum Disease?

Closeup of gum disease in Annapolis

Gum disease develops when there is an excess of harmful bacteria that affect the gum tissue. Over time, these bacteria eventually erode away the bone and tissues that support the teeth. Here are the two stages of gum disease:

  • Gingivitis: This is the earliest form of gum disease. With proper treatment and excellent oral hygiene at home, gingivitis can be reversed.
  • Periodontitis: This is a serious gum infection that damages both the gum tissue and jawbone over time. At this point, symptoms can only be managed to prevent further damage from occurring.

We always do everything we can to detect gum disease and develop a treatment plan as early as possible and prevent it from worsening. That’s why Dr. Vanik always checks your smile for common symptoms of gum disease during each of your regular checkups.

How Can Scaling and Root Planing Treat Gum Disease?

Digital image of scaling and root planing in Annapolis

Scaling and root placing is generally used for cases of early to moderate gum disease to help reverse symptoms. By minimalizing the number of harmful bacteria in the mouth, you are allowing your immune system to better fight off the infection and keep it from progressing. When left untreated, gum disease can lead to serious oral health conditions, like gum recession, loose teeth, and tooth loss.

The Scaling and Root Planing Process

Patient undergoing scaling and root planing in Annapolis

This treatment generally takes place over one or two appointments, depending on how advanced your gum disease is. First, our team will begin by removing all plaque and tartar accumulation on the surface of the teeth. This is what is known as “scaling.” Next, the “root planing” portion of the procedure takes place. During this time, hardened deposits are removed from the roots of the teeth. Doing this allows your gum tissue to reattach to the teeth, therefore providing the roots with much-needed protection. In the end, we want to eliminate the need for you to endure highly invasive gum treatments later on.