Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and Root Planing will help you maintain healthy teeth and gums for years to come.

Scaling and root planing is a common non-surgical method of treating some stages of periodontal disease.  It is also sometimes called “deep cleaning.”  Using special instruments, we remove pathogens such as bacteria from unhealthy, deep periodontal pockets that surround the teeth.  We scale the teeth to remove plaque and tartar that accumulate over time.  After scaling, we smooth (plane) the roots to eliminate rough areas that can allow plaque and bacteria to easily reattach.  This procedure removes pathogens from the pocket and allows the gums to heal naturally and reattach to the tooth. Subsequently, this reduces the pocket and creates much healthier gum tissue.

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Wooddell to see how he can improve your periodontal health with scaling and root planing. Call his Annandale office at 703-698-9698 or fill out the form on the right. We are convenient to Burke, Fairfax, Merrifield and Vienna, VA.

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