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Why Choose Westcliff Family Dentistry for Periodontal Therapy?

  • Comfortable Office with Ceiling TVs & Free Beverages
  • Gum Screenings Performed at Every Checkup
  • Friendly, Caring, & Compassionate Team

Scaling & Root Planing

Closeup of smile during scaling and root planing treatment

Gum disease is usually caused by deposits of tartar that have accumulated on the roots of the teeth below the gum line, which expose the nearby tissues to harmful bacteria. Scaling & root planing is specifically designed to remove them, and once the roots of the teeth have been cleaned (scaling), they are slightly reshaped to make them smoother (root planing). This makes it harder for tartar to gather near the gums in the future, protecting a patient from reinfection.

Antibiotic Therapy

Antibiotic pill pack

In addition to a scaling & root planing treatment, our team can apply a topical antibiotic to the gums that quickly dries and then slowly dissolves over the next few days. This exposes the gums to a powerful medicine for 24 hours a day, enabling us to eliminate any bacteria left over after an initial cleaning. This can also reduce the size of periodontal pockets, which are small spaces found between the teeth and gums where gum disease bacteria primarily likes to settle and multiply.