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Angelo M. Julovich, DDS
6857 W Stonegate Drive, Suite A
Zionsville, IN 46077
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Scaling and Root Planing – Zionsville, IN

When Your Gums Need Repair, We’re There!

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Gum disease is one of the most common chronic diseases in the United States as well as around the world. It can be incredibly difficult to catch early on your own, and it can leave your teeth at risk of falling out if left untreated for too long. At Trinity Dental, Dr. Julovich has the expertise to perform detailed scaling and root planing, which is the gold standard for treating periodontitis. To learn how the process works or to schedule an appointment, feel free to give his office a call today and we’ll help you get started!

What is Scaling and Root Planing?

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Whether you have bleeding gums in Zionsville or your gum tissue appears to be receding and showing more of your tooth root, scaling and root planing have been the standard procedure for treating gum disease for a very long time.

Scaling is the process of removing plaque and tartar from both above and below the gum line. Removing harmful material from below the gum line is especially important because no amount of brushing or flossing can effectively remove it.

The second portion of treatment includes root planing, which is when the dentist smooths the tooth roots so they can better attach to gum tissue. This works to prevent future infection of your gums as well as protect the most vulnerable parts of your teeth from plaque buildup.

How Does Treatment Work?

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When we begin treatment, we provide a local anesthetic to make sure you feel as comfortable as possible. Since gum tissue is very sensitive, we will likely need to schedule multiple visits to complete your scaling and root planing. Completing treatment over the course of multiple appointments ensures that your gums have time to heal. Depending on the extent, we will ask you to come back every three to four months for treatment, rather than every six months.

Does Scaling and Root Planing Cure Gum Disease?

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Advanced gum disease is technically not curable, but we can treat it to the point where your symptoms are largely reduced. Being a treatable condition, gum disease can be managed even after it’s done permanent damage to your gum tissue. With this in mind, it’s still incredibly important that you get treatment completed as the alternative is letting your gum disease worsen. This can lead to permanent tooth loss if left unattended to.