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Scaling and root planning is a very effective way to treat gum disease before it becomes worse. Gum disease is when there is an accumulation of plaque and calculus, which causes bleeding and inflamed gums. Eventually this leads to bone loss and eventually tooth loss. Gum disease ranges from gingivitis to periodontitis. Scaling and root planning is when the tooth and gums are cleaned below the gum line, down to the roots. Often times, local anesthetic is used to numb the teeth and gums. Hand instruments and an ultrasonic cleaner are used to clean the periodontal pockets (the space between the gum tissue and teeth/bone). Sometimes Dr. Firtel will use his Nd:Yag periolase laser to help clean the gum tissue inside of the perio pocket. The scaling and root planning removes the bacteria, plaque, and calculus that cause gum disease.

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