If your smile is affected by gum disease, our knowledgeable dentists may recommend a gum treatment called scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing are deep cleaning methods most commonly used to treat the early stages of periodontal disease, called gingivitis. Gingivitis and the further stages of periodontal disease are caused by bacteria in plaque and tartar, which can build up on the teeth and lead to inflammation and infection in the gum tissues.
To treat gingivitis, we will scale the teeth, which means we will remove the dental tartar from the surface of the teeth. Root planing is the process of smoothing out the root surfaces and removing any infected or diseased tooth structure or gum tissue. Scaling and root planing are a non-surgical treatment for gum disease in Tigard, OR that can be used effectively to halt the progress of periodontal disease and restore your oral health. This is performed right in our office at Washington Square Dental, and Dr. Rashidi uses local anesthetic if needed to ensure that your dental experience is comfortable and pleasant. When caught early enough, gum treatment may even reverse the effects of gum disease. If your gums are red, tender, swollen, or bleed easily, you may suffer from gum disease. We encourage you to contact our dental office today to learn more about periodontal treatment and to schedule your next appointment.