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If your gum disease has progressed past gingivitis, you’ll want to schedule an appointment with a periodontist. The first procedure your periodontist will likely perform a treatment called scaling and root planing. According to the Journal of Evidenced-Based Dental Practice, this is the “gold standard” for patients with chronic periodontitis.

But what is it, exactly? Scaling and root planing treat the pockets in your gums and your teeth’s exposed roots. More specifically, scaling eradicates all the bacterial toxins, plaque and calculus from the pockets; root planing evens out the coarse areas on the exposed roots of your teeth, preventing bacteria from clinging to it, ultimately so that your gums can regenerate and cover the roots.

A symptom of gum disease is that your teeth and gums become very sensitive. That’s why Dr. Purvesh Malaviya will apply a numbing agent before . As there he begins scaling and root planing. This procedure is not considered surgery; your recovery time will be short and sweet.

After a short interim period, Dr. Purvesh Malaviya will call you in for another visit to check the status of your gums. In most cases, patients’ gums will regenerate wonderfully. However, where the disease is more severe, surgical intervention may be necessary.

Once we at Creative Smiles Dental Care finish any major treatments, you can visit us routinely for cleanings and exams. To arrange a scaling and root planing or a checkup at Creative Smiles Dental Care in Brockton, Massachusetts, simply call 508-588-1400. Soon we’ll have you on your way to healthier and happier smile.