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Scaling and Root Planing

When periodontal disease has developed, which is a serious gum infection that damages the soft and hard tissue surrounding the teeth. It requires patients to be prudent about seeking treatment to avoid further loss of the soft tissues, bone, and teeth. At North Aurora Smiles in North Aurora, IL, patients can obtain the necessary treatment to not only prevent periodontal disease but effectively treat it. A specialized more thorough periodontal cleaning is often used when someone is diagnosed with a form of periodontal disease. It is often referred to as “scaling and root planing.”

Gingivitis is the precursor of periodontal disease. It can cause a host of problems that may be noticeable to the health of the teeth and gums. Gingivitis is characterized by:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Red, swollen gum tissue
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Shifting teeth

When gingivitis is left untreated it leads to periodontal disease where gum tissue and bone surrounding the teeth have been lost, resulting in deeper pockets. This is usually a result of bacteria that have chronically been residing in the pockets due to inadequate home oral hygiene techniques and/or not having the teeth professionally cleaned. Periodontal Disease is commonly treated with a scaling and root planing.

Scaling and root planing is performed by a dentist or dental hygienist to remove plaque, tartar, and calculus from the visible crown of the tooth and the tooth roots below the gums. This cleaning is often done with local anesthetic to ensure the patient’s comfort and combined with antibiotic treatments to address the infection at the source and help control the levels of bacteria present. The goal of periodontal treatment is to stabilize the gum health, reduce the pocket depths, and prevent further bone and tissue loss from occurring. It is one of the best and most effective ways of removing and reversing the infection that has developed.

Call Drs. Hammed Aziz and Stephanie Janes today

Patients of the North Aurora, IL area who believe they could benefit from scaling and root planing will want to schedule an appointment with the North Aurora Smiles team to find out more about this and other periodontal treatments. The office is located at 601 Randall Crossing Lane and services patients in the community. Call (630) 984-2223 to book a consultation visit and initial evaluation with our team.

Frequently Asked Questions

Gum disease can significantly impact the appearance of your smile, but the consequences go far more profound. Gum infections can stress your immune system and lead to inflammatory disorders, causing pain, sensitivity, and tooth loss.

While avoiding periodontal disease is the best way to deal with it, numerous treatments are available to remove infections from your gums and keep them from recurrence. These treatments can range from a NON-surgical deep cleaning (scaling and root planing), laser gum therapy, or a surgical gum treatment.

Bleeding gums, red, inflamed gum tissue, persistent foul breath, and shifting teeth.

Patients diagnosed with periodontal disease most commonly require a complete periodontal cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing. A dentist or dental hygienist performs scaling and root planing to remove tartar, plaque, and calculus from the visible crown of the tooth and the tooth roots behind the gums.

Using laser therapy to sterilize the pockets, encourage your gums to reattach to your tooth, and reinforce your enamel can improve the effectiveness of scaling and root planing.

Success Stories

Dr. Hammad Aziz, North Aurora Smiles, IL
Dr. Stephanie Janes, North Aurora Smiles, IL

North Aurora Smiles

North Aurora Smiles is a patient-centered practice offering gentle, comprehensive dental care services for the whole family. Our top priority is to ensure the optimal health and wellness of our patients, and helping them to achieve healthy beautiful smiles for life. The doctors pride themselves on being whole-health focused with an overall philosophy of being minimally invasive in their dental treatment.

Dr. Hammad Aziz is a skilled and experienced professional, having graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Cum Laude with departmental honors and obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) at the University of Illinois, College of Dentistry. He is certified in Invisalign, Dental Implants, Six Month Smiles (invisible, clear braces), Sleep Apnea/Snoring with the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and the Institute for Cranio-Facial Sleep Medicine. Dr. Aziz is also certified in Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Therapy, and is a BLS (CPR) Healthcare Provider / ACLS Certified. He is an active member of the Academy of Biomimetic Dentistry, and a Member of the Academy of General Dentistry, Founding Member and President Elect of the CM Dental Society, and Past President and Member of the Aurora Dental Society.

Dr. Stephanie Janes earned her Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD) degree from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Dental Medicine. While there, she also earned a Master’s degree in Health Service Administration and a Humanitarian Award on behalf of the International College of Dentists. Later, she completed a General Practice Residency through the University of Chicago at NorthShore University HealthSystemEvanston Hospital. She gained hospital dentistry experience with a focus on medically-compromised patients and emergency dentistry. This program enabled her to enhance her comprehensive dental skills, especially in endodontics and cosmetic dentistry. She is also certified in therapeutic botox and dermal filler treatments to relieve bruxism (clenching and grinding) and TMJ pains, which she is passionate about.