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close up hygiene inspection Scaling and Root Planing at Starboard Dental: Achieve Optimal Oral Health

If you’re dealing with gum disease or persistent plaque buildup, scaling and root planing could be the solution you need. Under the expert care of Dr. Alex and our dedicated team, this deep cleaning procedure can help restore your gums and teeth to optimal health.

What is Scaling and Root Planing?

Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical, deep-cleaning procedure designed to treat gum disease and prevent it from progressing. This treatment involves two main steps:

  1. Scaling: Removal of plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) from the tooth surfaces, especially below the gum line.
  2. Root Planing: Smoothing the tooth roots to eliminate bacteria and create a clean surface that allows the gums to reattach to the teeth.

Benefits of Scaling and Root Planing

  • Prevents Gum Disease Progression: This procedure effectively removes the bacteria that cause gum disease, preventing it from advancing to more severe stages.
  • Reduces Inflammation: By eliminating the sources of irritation, scaling and root planing can significantly reduce gum inflammation and bleeding.
  • Improves Oral Hygiene: A clean, smooth tooth surface makes it easier to maintain good oral hygiene at home, reducing the risk of future dental issues.
  • Promotes Gum Reattachment: Smoothing the root surfaces allows the gums to reattach to the teeth, reducing pockets where bacteria can accumulate.
  • Prevents Tooth Loss: Treating gum disease early with scaling and root planing can help prevent the bone and tissue loss that leads to tooth loss.

How Does Scaling and Root Planing Work?

  • Initial Examination: Your journey to healthier gums begins with a comprehensive examination at Starboard Dental. Dr. Alex will assess the condition of your gums and determine if scaling and root planing is the right treatment for you.
  • Local Anesthesia: To ensure your comfort, a local anesthetic may be administered to numb the areas being treated.
  • Scaling: Using specialized dental instruments, Dr. Alex will meticulously remove plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces, particularly below the gum line.
  • Root Planing: The next step involves smoothing the tooth roots to remove bacteria and create a clean, smooth surface for the gums to reattach.
  • Follow-Up Care: After the procedure, Dr. Alex will provide you with personalized aftercare instructions and schedule follow-up visits to monitor your progress and ensure your gums are healing properly.

Why Choose Starboard Dental for Scaling and Root Planing?

At Starboard Dental, we combine advanced dental techniques with a compassionate, patient-centered approach. Dr. Alex and our team are committed to providing you with the highest level of care in a comfortable and welcoming environment. We understand the importance of maintaining healthy gums and are here to support you every step of the way.

Take the First Step Towards Healthier Gums

If you’re experiencing symptoms of gum disease or have been advised to undergo scaling and root planing, don’t wait to seek treatment. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Alex at Starboard Dental today. Our knowledgeable and friendly team is here to answer any questions you may have and to help you achieve optimal oral health. Contact us now to book your appointment and start your journey to healthier gums and a brighter smile.



Scaling and Root Planing Kennebunk, York, Saco ME | (207) 999-7245