Scaling and Root Planing

What is Root Planing?

Surgical Root Planing is a procedure designed to remove plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth and below the gumline.

This treatment is typically recommended for patients with periodontal disease, as it helps prevent the progression of the condition and restores oral health.

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The Importance of Scaling and Root Planing

Gum disease can lead to tooth loss and various other health complications if not addressed promptly. Scaling and Root Planing is a crucial intervention in halting the disease's progression and ensuring a healthy, infection-free oral environment.

Scaling and Root Planing Benefits

Halt Disease Progression

Scaling and Root Planing effectively stops gum disease in its tracks, preventing it from advancing to more severe stages.

Prevent Tooth Loss

By addressing gum disease early, you can avoid the risk of losing teeth, preserving your smile and oral function.

Improve Overall Health

Maintaining a healthy mouth contributes to your overall well-being, as oral health is closely linked to various systemic health conditions.

Enhance Aesthetic Appeal

With gum disease under control, you can enjoy improved aesthetics, as healthy gums are a vital component of a beautiful smile.

The Procedure: Step by Step

Step 1: Preliminary Examination

Before the Scaling and Root Planing procedure, our experienced dental professionals at Auckland Family Dental will perform a comprehensive examination of your oral health.

This includes evaluating your gums, measuring pocket depths, and taking X-rays to determine the extent of the problem.

Step 2: Scaling

The first phase of the procedure, scaling, involves the careful removal of plaque and tartar from the tooth's surface and below the gumline.

Our skilled hygienists will use specialized instruments to ensure thorough cleaning, eliminating bacteria and debris.

Step 3: Root Planing

Root planing follows scaling, addressing the roots of your teeth. This step smoothens the root surfaces, preventing further accumulation of bacteria and promoting gum reattachment.

Step 4: Antibacterial Medications

In some cases, we may recommend the application of antibiotics or antimicrobial solutions to treat and prevent infection.

This step is essential for patients with severe periodontal disease.

Is Scaling and Root Planing Right for You?

Scaling and Root Planing is recommended for individuals with gum disease. If you experience symptoms such as bleeding gums, bad breath, or gum recession, contact Auckland Family Dental to schedule an examination and determine the best course of action.

Payment Plans

Explore your payment plan options below or reach out to our friendly team for more information. We also have received 5-star reviews on Google, which is a testament to our quality service.

Interest-Free Payment Plan Options:

  • Q Card or Q Mastercard: Ideal for treatments over $500, offering 18 months of interest-free payments. This allows you to receive the necessary treatment without an immediate financial burden.

  • Zip Interest-Free: If your treatment costs are under $800, Zip is an excellent choice. You can spread the cost over 4 fortnightly payments with no interest or additional fees.

  • WINZ Support: For those with limited income or receiving benefits, Work and Income (WINZ) can provide financial support for dental treatment. We offer quotes for you to take to WINZ, and once your treatment cost is covered, we can begin the treatment, typically within 2-3 days.

Don't let financial worries hold you back from maintaining your oral health.

Gum Disease Prevention

1. Maintain daily oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing and flossing.

2. Schedule routine dental check-ups and professional cleanings to catch early signs of gum disease.

3. Avoid the use of tobacco products, as they significantly increase the risk of gum issues.

4. Consume a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to support gum health.

5. Manage stress effectively, as high stress levels can contribute to gum problems.

Have Questions?

Remember, proactive gum disease prevention helps avoid the need for more extensive treatments and ensures a healthier, lasting smile.

Contact us to book an initial consultation regarding your case.

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