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One of the many potential treatments for gum disease offered at Pamela Crumrine DDS is a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. We can provide scaling and root planing to counteract gum recession and reduce the bacterial presence of gum disease.

While healthy gums fit tightly against the teeth with no gap, diseased gums loosen and pull away, creating deep pockets at the base of the teeth that attract bacteria. Gum recession should be addressed by Dr. Pamela Crumrine, who can measure the depths of the pockets and determine if they are deep enough to warrant a deep cleaning procedure like scaling and root planing.

Similar to routine dental cleanings performed at the dental office, scaling uses a special dental tool to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth, though it cleans the whole area of the tooth, both above and below the gum line. Root planing addresses the tooth roots, removing bacteria and smoothing away rough areas that bacteria may try to attach to. The end result is a clean and smooth tooth surface for the gums to reattach against. The typical length of this procedure is an hour or more, though you may need to visit a few times depending on your condition.

Please feel free to speak with our dentist soon to learn more about the benefits of scaling and root planing in Beaver, Pennsylvania. Give our team at the practice of Pamela Crumrine DDS a call at 724-775-4860 to schedule your appointment.