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For the past 10 years, Fairbanks Periodontal Associates has taken great pride in treating our patients compassionately and safely. We have always maintained strict adherence to regulations from the CDC qnd ADA. Universal precautions, such as masks, gloves, eye protection, and disinfection of treatment rooms have always been the standard in our practice. Our sterilization procedures remain state-of-the-art, with all instruments being sterilized before any use.

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Scaling and Root Planing Fairbanks AK

A smiling man in a dental chair after a scaling and root planing procedure from Fairbanks Periodontal Associates in Fairbanks, AKYour periodontal (gum) tissues are an important part of your oral health. Unfortunately, periodontal disease is one of the most common dental problems in America today. At Fairbanks Periodontal Associates, we specialize in treatments for periodontal disease and other gum-related issues.

If you are diagnosed with moderate to severe periodontal disease, we may recommend a “deep” cleaning, also known as a scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing can help get your gums back to a healthier state.

The Dangers of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is an infection caused by the harmful bacteria found in plaque and calcified plaque (tartar). In response to this bacteria, our immune system produces toxins that unfortunately target our healthy tissues as well. There are two major stages of periodontal disease: gingivitis and periodontitis.

Gingivitis is the first and most common stage of the disease. Common symptoms include:
•  Bleeding gums
•  Gums that are red and puffy
•  Sore gums
•  Persistent bad breath
•  Loose teeth

Luckily, gingivitis is easy to treat and reverse with improvements to your daily oral hygiene. Flossing at least once a day is perhaps the most important thing you can do to combat gingivitis. If improvements are not made the disease will develop into periodontitis.

Periodontitis is a much more serious form of the disease. At this stage, the infection will spread beyond the gums to the connective ligaments and underlying bone. Severe gum recession is also a major symptom. If periodontitis is left untreated, tooth loss will occur. In fact, periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the U.S.

Deep periodontal pockets are a major symptom of gum disease. These pockets can trap food debris and bacteria, further contributing to the infection. Healthy periodontal pockets are only one to three millimeters in depth. We may recommend a scaling and root planing if you have unhealthy pockets of four millimeters or more.

The Scaling and Root Planing Procedure

Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure that is considered the industry standard for treating periodontitis. During your scaling and root planing, Dr. Webster will use an ultrasonic scaler to clean your teeth and roots. The ultrasonic scaler produces microscopic bubbles that eliminate plaque and tartar deposits while killing off bacteria.

Root planing involves smoothing out the rough surfaces below the gumline. This ensures that plaque, tartar, and bacteria will not re-adhere to the roots once the procedure is complete. Root planing also helps us reduce the depths of your periodontal pockets.

After Your Deep Cleaning

After your deep cleaning, your gums should return to a pink, healthy state. They should fit snugly around the tooth with healthier periodontal pockets. If your gums do not respond well to the procedure, you may need alternative treatments.

Once you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, you are at high risk for a reoccurrence. Be sure to pay special attention to your gums during your oral hygiene routine. Regular checkups and cleanings are also vital to your periodontal health.

Schedule Your Appointment

Don’t neglect your periodontal health! Call (907) 455-7100 to schedule your appointment today.
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