Online Dental Education Library
As a dental Practice, we strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventative measures, treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. In addition, Dr. Halvorsen is also skilled in cosmetic and reconstructive treatment.
Please use our dental library to learn more about what treatments is available for you. If you have questions, our staff is happy to help.
Some cases of acute periodontal (gum) disease that do not respond to more conventional treatment and self-care such as flossing may require a special kind of cleaning called scaling and root planing.
The procedure begins with administration of a local anesthetic to reduce any discomfort. Then, a small instrument called a "scaler," or an ultrasonic cleaner, is used to clean beneath your gum line to remove plaque and tartar.
The root surfaces on the tooth are then planed and smoothed. If effective, scaling and root planing helps the gums reattach themselves to the tooth structure. Additional measures may be needed if the periodontal pockets persist after scaling and root planing.