Dr. Andrew Harris, DDS
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Scaling & Root Planing (deep cleanings)

When plaque or tartar is left on your teeth, it can cause inflammation of your teeth and gums, also called gum disease or gingivitis.  We will often treat gum disease with regular scaling and polishing your teeth during regular check-ups and cleanings.  So basically, scaling is simply the removal of plaque and buildup from the surfaces of your teeth.

If gum disease is left for too long, it can cause inflammation in your gums and the foundation of your teeth, causing more damage.  In these cases, Dr. Harris will use a procedure called root planing.  Root planing involves smoothening the root of the tooth by removing any infected or damage tooth particals. 

Both scaling and root planing are common procedures used during your regular visits with Dr. Harris to help prevent serious infection and keep your teeth in their best health.

Please call us today if you have any questions or would like to schedule and appointment!