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Bailey Family Dentistry | Scaling & Root Planing in Covington

2301 North Hwy 190 ~ Suite 4
Covington, LA 70433
(985) 809-9697
baileydentistry@bellsouth.net 
Thomas Bailey, DDS
Scaling & Root Planing
 
Bailey Family Dentistry in Covington LA

Gingivitis is a generative disease that left untreated, will cause significant tooth and gum deterioration.  The reality is that the treatment is simple and performed right in your dentist’s office.

Plaque and tarter that sits on the teeth provides an environment, which allows bacteria to thrive and multiply.  The bacteria cause the gums to become inflamed and bleed. The condition becomes more noticeable when you brush your teeth or sometimes when you eat. These are signs of the early stage of gingivitis. Gingivitis is easily treated by having the hygienist scale and polish the teeth.  If gingivitis is left untreated, the condition will progress and the roots will need a planing. The difference between scaling and root planing is simple. Scaling is the removal of the dental tartar from the tooth surface. Root planing is the process of removing the plaque and calculus from above and below the gum line.

As a non-surgical procedure, scaling and planing is performed without any anesthesia, in the dentist’s office. While the procedure is usually painless, advanced stages of gingivitis may make it necessary to numb the area for complete comfort. Because the patient may need anesthesia for deep scaling and root planing  the procedure is usually performed in one section  (or quadrant) of the mouth per appointment. This allows for adequate healing time, and reduces the time for each appointment.

 
 
 
Covington Dentist | Scaling & Root Planing. Thomas Bailey is a Covington Dentist.
2301 North Hwy 190 ~ Suite 4
Covington, LA 70433