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The initial stage of treatment for periodontal disease is usually a thorough cleaning that may include scaling or root planing . The objective of these non-surgical procedures is to remove etiologic agents such as dental plaque and tartar, or calculus, which cause gingival inflammation and disease. Scaling and root planing can be used as a stand-alone treatment, or a preventative measure. They are commonly preformed on cases of gingivitis and moderate to severe periodontal disease.

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What do the procedures entail?

Paul A. Barabas, DDS, FACD and Daniel C. Barabas, DDS, MSD will only perform scaling and root planing after a thorough examination of the mouth, which may include taking x-rays and visually examining the mouth. Depending on the condition of the gums, the amount of tartar present, the depth of the pockets, and the progression of periodontitis, Dr. Barabas or Dr. Barabas may recommend scaling and root planing. In some cases, a local anesthesia may be used during the procedure.

  • Scaling:
    When scaling is performed, calculus and plaque that attaches to the tooth surfaces is removed. The process especially targets the area below the gum line, along the root. Scaling is performed with a special dental tool called an ultrasonic scaling tool. The scaling tool usually includes an irrigation process that can be used to deliver an antimicrobial agent below the gums to help reduce oral bacteria.
  • Root Planing:
    Root planing is performed in order to remove cementum and surface dentin that is embedded with unwanted microorganisms, toxins and tartar. The root of the tooth is literally smoothed, which promotes healing, and also helps prevent bacteria from easily colonizing in the future.
An animated illustration showing the process of scaling

Scaling:

When scaling is performed, calculus and plaque that attaches to the tooth surfaces is removed. The process especially targets the area below the gum line, along the root. Scaling is performed with a special dental tool called an ultrasonic scaling tool. The scaling tool usually includes an irrigation process that can be used to deliver an antimicrobial agent below the gums to help reduce oral bacteria.

An animated depiction of a root planing procedure

Root Planing:

Root planing is performed in order to remove cementum and surface dentin that is embedded with unwanted microorganisms, toxins and tartar. The root of the tooth is literally smoothed, which promotes healing, and also helps prevent bacteria from easily colonizing in the future.

Antibiotics or irrigation with anti-microbials (chemical agents or mouth rinses) may be recommended to help control the growth of bacteria that create toxins and cause periodontitis. In some cases, Drs. Barabas or Barabas may place antibiotic fibers in the periodontal pockets after scaling and planing. This may be done to control infection and to encourage normal healing.

When deep pockets between teeth and gums are present, it is difficult for Drs. Barabas or Barabas to thoroughly remove plaque and tartar. Patients can seldom, if ever, keep these pockets clean and free of plaque. Consequently, surgery may be needed to restore periodontal health.

Benefits of Treatment

If treatment is successful, scaling and planing may have many periodontal benefits. One is that it can help prevent disease. Research has proven that bacteria from periodontal infections can travel through the blood stream and affect other areas of the body, sometimes causing heart and respiratory diseases. Scaling and root planing remove bacteria that cause these conditions.

Another benefit of treatment is protecting teeth against tooth loss. When gum pockets exceed 3mm in depth, the risk for periodontal disease increases. As pockets deepen, more bacteria are able to colonize, eventually causing a chronic inflammatory response by the body to destroy gingival and bone tissue. This leads to tooth loss.

Finally, scaling and root planing may make the mouth more aesthetically pleasing, and should reduce bad breath caused from food particles and bacteria in the oral cavity. Superficial stains on the teeth will be removed during scaling and planing, adding an extra bonus to the procedures.

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I was referred to Dr Barabas by my daughter's orthodontist. She was seen by a "top" oral maxillofacial surgeon prior to my visit. My husband and I wanted her to get a second opinion regarding replacing her bridge with oral implants. Dr. Barabas had already reviewed our case with her orthodontist and looked at all of the necessary x rays prior to our visit together. In short, it was his professional opinion that my daughter was not in any urgent need to undergo this procedure. I was so impressed with his professionalism and his careful consideration of how to properly care for her case. The previous doctor we saw was in a hurry to perform what amounted to 2 expensive and unnecessary procedures that required a long unpleasant recuperation. I was beyond pleased with his office and the care my daughter received.

- Eve S

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i was self conscious of my long tooth for several years every time i smiled. so i didnt smile as fully. i had no idea this was correctable until my dentist pointed it out. he said if he needed this done he would see dr daniel barabas. i came and in one 30 minute procedure dr dan covered my gums up so my teeth matched. i smile again like i used to

- Maria R

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My lower teeth have been loose and rotten for years and I went through many patch jobs. I finally came to Dr. Barabas. He works with the best dentists and referred me to one. I got my rotten teeth out and a full lower set of implants and new screwed in temporary teeth in the same few hours. I cannot believe I didn't do this years ago

- D W

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My front tooth broke off at the gum line while I was out to dinner. I called my general dentist, who was out of town. He said to call this office for an extraction. Dr Barabas stayed late after his full day to take my took out and put in an implant. Knowing I didn't have a temporary tooth, he made me a new tooth in the office and attached it to my implant. When he got back, my dentist said he couldn't have made a nicer one himself! I love this office and the service!

- Maria M

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My wife had been referred to this office for dental implants. She had a good experience so we asked if Dr. Barabas would take our kids wisdom teeth out, and he did a great job at that too. Dr. B is the man!

- Mike W

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i prefer this office because when a non periodontal problem arises, they call and make appointments to have you seen at the specialists they like in other areas. my old dentist thought he could do it all, and now i am dealing with the aftermath.

- john

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This office was the closest actual periodontist to me after I searched for LANAP laser. Two other offices wanted to cut my gums. PAul Barabas lasered my whole mouth in a morning. It no longer bleeds, my breath is better, it never hurt, and I have a new dentist for a long time!

- Anonymous

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i went to an office based on a direct mail piece i got at home. they told me i needed tens of thousands in treatment and surgery and extractions and sent me to the finance person. i came to dr barabas and found out i needed a fraction of the treatment i was told and he also referred me to a trustworthy general dentist in town who also found nothing additional.

- Anonymous

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I have been coming here for close to 30 years- just learned that in my chart. This is the most trustworthy and and professional office anywhere. They know my mouth better than I do!

- Tom M

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Dr. Barabas saved my teeth- I cannot believe everyone with gum problems doesn't come for LANAP.

- T S

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Very personable and professional. I was nervous and Dr.Barabas answered all my questions and put me at ease. Procedure was swift and easy. So glad I did it. Very happy with my implants and new smile.

- Mary M

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Great experience with doctor and staff!

- Michelle S

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