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Woodbury Periodontics, P.C. | Scaling & Root Planing in Huntington

Woodbury Periodontics, P.C.

The Office of Frank J. Palmaccio, D.D.S., M.S.


Scaling & Root Planing
Woodbury Periodontics, P.C. in Huntington NY

Gingivitis is a degenerative disease that left untreated, will cause significant tooth and gum deterioration.  Just the word gingivitis can strike panic in a patient’s mind. The reality is that the treatment is simple and performed right in your periodontist’s office.

Plaque will quickly form on tooth surfaces. Plaque is made up of a combination of salivary proteins, food debris and bacteria. Plaque is a soft sticky material easily removed with normal brushing and flossing. Plaque that is missed during normal oral hygiene efforts quickly calcifies as it is bathed by the salivia at which point, it is referred to as tartar or calculus. Residual plaque and tartar provides an environment that allows bacteria to thrive and multiply. The resultant inflammatory response will cause the gums to become inflamed and bleed and if left untreated, may lead to bone loss. The condition becomes more noticeable when you brush your teeth or sometimes when you eat. These are signs of the early stage of gingivitis. Early gingivitis is easily treated with scaling and polishing the teeth. As the disease progresses, scaling visits will also include root planing. The difference between scaling and root planing is simple. Scaling is the removal of the dental tartar from the visible tooth surfaces while root planing is the process of smoothening the root surfaces and removing the infected tooth structure.

Although a non-surgical procedure, scaling and root planing is usually performed using a local anesthestic. Deep scaling and root planing is usually broken down into sections or quadrants of the mouth.