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the office of Dr. Henry Espinosa is pleased to offer a variety of treatments for gum disease, including scaling and root planing, a deep cleaning procedure to counteract gum recession. If you have gum recession as a result of gum disease, consider receiving scaling and root planing to repair your smile.

Gum disease affects the gum tissues so that they no longer fit snugly against the teeth as healthy gums should, but rather pull away and leave deep pockets full of bacteria around the tooth roots. Dr. Henry Espinosa can evaluate the severity of your gum recession by measuring the pocket depth. If your periodontal pockets are deep enough, he may suggest that you receive scaling and root planing to deep clean the area and improve the state of your gums.

Our team performs the scaling part by using a special meta-tool to clean the whole of the tooth above and below the gum line to clear away plaque and tartar. To complete the root planing portion, we remove bacteria from the tooth roots and address any rough areas that need to be smoothed away so that they aren’t an anchoring point for bacteria. The goal is to give the gum tissue a clean, smooth tooth surface to reattach to. Your full treatment procedure may be as little as an hour, but many patients require multiple visits to treat advanced conditions.

Our dentist would be happy to speak with you further regarding the nature of scaling and root planing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and how it can improve your smile following gum disease. You are welcome to call the office of Dr. Henry Espinosa at 505-888-1116 to arrange a visit.