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Your dentist, Dr. Jeffrey C. Hambleton, offers scaling and root planing in Lawrence, Kansas, which is a beneficial treatment that is also known as non-surgical periodontal therapy. It is a deep and thorough cleaning of the tooth roots that involves removing plaque and tartar from the surfaces as well as encouraging the gums to reattach to the teeth. Now, our dental team knows you probably have many questions about scaling and root planing. Well, you’re not alone. To help you find the answers you’re looking for, we are happy to answer the following commonly asked questions about the treatment:

Q: Is scaling and root planing painful?
A: Scaling and root planing should not be painful because your dentist will numb the mouth with an anesthetic before he begins treatment.

Q: Why do I need scaling and root planing?
A: This treatment helps you treat gum disease and restore the health of your smile. Gum disease is a very serious and dangerous dental issue that should be treated immediately.

Q: Is a professional dental cleaning the same as scaling and root planing?
A: No, these treatments are not the same. While a professional dental cleaning removes plaque and tartar from your teeth and gumline, scaling and root planing removes the plaque and tartar from the root surfaces, smooths out the tooth roots and promotes healing in the gum tissues.

Do you have additional questions about scaling and root planing? If so, please contact our dental team at Lawrence Periodontics, LLC. When you dial 785-312-3820, we will be more than happy to answer your questions. We look forward to hearing from and helping you!