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Subgingival scaling Woodstock

Subgingival scaling involves the thorough removal of subgingival calculus, whether it's on the tooth's enamel (crown) or the root's cementum surface. When this process specifically targets the root surface, it is referred to as root planing.

Understanding Subgingival Scaling and Root Planing:

Subgingival scaling and root planing are essential procedures for addressing gum disease (periodontal disease). Here's what you need to know:

  • Subgingival Calculus Removal: Calculus, or tartar, can accumulate below the gumline and on the root surfaces of your teeth. This buildup can lead to gum inflammation and infection. Subgingival scaling is performed to eliminate this calculus and reduce inflammation.
  • Root Planing: When the root surfaces of your teeth are affected by calculus and bacterial deposits, root planing is necessary. This process smoothens the rough root surfaces to discourage further bacterial colonization and promote gum reattachment.
  • Open or Closed Procedures: Depending on your specific needs, subgingival scaling and root planing can be performed with open or closed methods. In open procedures, a small flap may be created to enhance visibility and access for thorough cleaning.

Why Subgingival Scaling and Root Planing Are Essential:

Subgingival scaling and root planing are vital for treating gum disease and preventing its progression. Here's why these procedures are essential:

  • Gum Disease Management: These treatments are highly effective in managing gum disease by removing the source of infection and inflammation.
  • Gum Health Restoration: Subgingival scaling and root planing promote gum reattachment to the tooth's surface, helping to restore and maintain healthy gum tissues.
  • Prevention of Attachment Loss: Left untreated, gum disease can lead to the loss of tooth-supporting structures. Subgingival scaling and root planing help prevent attachment loss and maintain tooth stability.

Schedule Your Subgingival Scaling Appointment:

If you suspect gum disease or have been advised to undergo subgingival scaling and root planing, please call Dr. Ed Hoben Dentistry at (519) 539-4868 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Ed Hoben. Our practice is conveniently located at 35 Wellington St. North in Woodstock, ON. Don't compromise on your oral health-��take proactive steps to treat gum disease and ensure the longevity of your smile.

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