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Do you have questions about scaling and root planing? Well, you’re not alone. Many people also have questions about this treatment, especially because it can be confusing and even a bit overwhelming. This treatment is also known as non-surgical periodontal therapy. It involves deeply cleaning the tooth roots by removing the plaque and tartar that reside there. This can help treat gum disease.

To help you find the answers you’re looking for about scaling and root planing in Scarsdale, New York, our dentist, Dr. Robert Horowitz, is happy to provide the answers to these commonly asked questions:

Q: Is scaling and root planing painful?
A: It is not painful because your dentist will numb the mouth with a local anesthetic before treatment. You shouldn’t feel any pain or discomfort in the dental chair.

Q: Why do I need scaling and root planing?
A: This treatment helps treat gum disease. Gum disease is a very destructive and dangerous dental issue that needs to be treated immediately.

Q: Is a professional dental cleaning the same as scaling and root planing?
A: No, these treatments are not the same. Scaling and root planing removes the plaque and tartar from your tooth roots, smooths out the root surfaces and promotes healing in the gums while professional dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and gumline.

To learn more about this treatment, please contact our dental team at our office by dialing 914-529-4136. We are here to help you in any way we can, even if it’s just by answering your questions. We look forward to hearing from you!