Gingivitis is the most common form of gum disease and is fortunately easy to treat. However, when left untreated it progresses into periodontitis, which causes permanent damage. Dr. Joseph S. Dallessandro performs scaling and root planing procedures to stop gum disease in its tracks, and protect patient’s smiles from the effects of periodontitis.
Scaling and root planing is a simple and non-invasive procedure done in the office. It begins with scaling, the term for the dentist removing plaque and tartar from the surface of the tooth all the way down to the gums. Depending on the case, a dentist may recommend completing this process over two appointments, and a patient may request local anesthetic. This is followed by root planing, which means minor contouring to the surface of the tooth near the root. When gums have a clean, smooth surface to reattach to, new growth of tissue is encouraged and gums heal giving the patient a clean slate against gum disease.
To learn more about scaling, root planing, and all the services we provide at the practice, visit www.josephdallessandro.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph S. Dallessandro in our New York, NY office, call 212-988-1089.