Root planing and scaling in Farmersville and Van Alstyne, Texas, is one of the most effective ways to treat some stages of periodontal disease.

  • Periodontal Disease is an infection of the gum tissue and the bone surrounding your teeth.  As periodontal disease progresses from early to more advanced stages, the bone surrounding your teeth will gradually recede.  This causes your teeth to become mobile and is the leading cause of adult tooth loss.  Periodontal disease is why many adults need a denture or partial.

Why Is It Done?
Root planing and scaling is a procedure done by your hygienist or by Drs. Horsley and Walker to remove the infection in your gums and on your teeth.  The goal of this procedure is to stop the progression of gum and bone loss so that you do not lose your teeth.

How is Root Planing and Scaling Done?
Some hygienists and dentists will use an ultrasonic tool for root planing and scaling.  This tool may be more comfortable than standard hand instruments.  In some cases, an ultrasonic tool may not be effective, so traditional hand instruments will be necessary.  If needed, the hygienist or dentist may numb your gums and teeth to make you more comfortable.  After the procedure is finished, the dentist may apply antibiotics around your teeth and in your gums to aid in healing and to prevent infection.

What to Expect After Treatment?
If anesthesia is used, your lips and gums may remain numb for a few hours after the procedure.  Root planing and scaling usually causes very little discomfort.  If the infection was deep in the bone, you may need to take an over the counter pain reliever for a few days.

How Well Does It Work?
In most cases, root planing and scaling works very well for patients at Harvest Dental.  Much of the long-term success is dependent on you maintaining good home care and faithfully coming to your follow-up hygiene appointments.  If we feel that your condition is too advanced for our team to treat, we may refer you to a specialist, called a periodontist. You may learn more about our gum treatments by calling us at 469-812-7100.