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Root Planning Therapy Specialist

Beth Caunitz, DDS -  - General Dentist

Beth Caunitz, DDS

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Midtown Manhattan, New York, NY

If you’re one of the 47.2% of women and men over age 30 in the United States with periodontitis, you may need root planing therapy to remove tartar and plaque from underneath your gum line. At the Midtown Manhattan office of Beth Caunitz, DDS, expert periodontist Michael Chau, DDS, provides deep-cleaning scaling and root-planing therapy for women and men who live or work in the New York City area. To set up your root-planing therapy, call the friendly staff or contact them with the online form.

Root Planning Therapy Q & A

What is root planing therapy?

Root planing therapy is a nonsurgical periodontal procedure that removes plaque, tartar, and bacteria that have collected underneath your gums. Root planing therapy is sometimes referred to as deep cleaning. Dr. Caunitz or Dr. Chau may recommend root planing therapy if you have evidence of the gum disease periodontitis, such as:

  • Receding gums
  • Pockets in your gums
  • Sensitive or painful gums or teeth
  • Inflamed or bleeding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Pain when chewing
  • Blood on your toothbrush
  • Bad breath

Root planing therapy is the gold-standard, first-line treatment for chronic periodontitis, one of the main causes of tooth loss in adults. A root planing procedure restores health to your gums and teeth.

Why should I treat periodontitis with root-planing therapy?

Periodontitis is an infection of your gums that will progress if not treated. Periodontitis can destroy gum tissue and the periodontal ligaments that hold your teeth in place. Gum infections can also spread to your oral bones and other areas of your body.

What happens when I get root planing therapy?

Root planing therapy consists of two steps, scaling and root planing. Scaling is a deep cleaning with special tools that remove plaque — the sticky, bacteria-filled film that covers your teeth after eating — and tartar — the brown, crusty material that forms when plaque hardens.

After your teeth and gums have been cleaned through scaling, your periodontist then uses another set of tools to smooth and reshape your tooth roots so that your gums can reattach to them. Once your tooth roots have been smoothed and planed, your gums adhere tightly to the roots, preventing the collection of bacteria, plaque, and tartar.

Does root planing therapy hurt?

Dr. Caunitz’s office provides sedation dentistry to keep you comfortable and pain-free during root planing therapy. Depending on the extent of your periodontitis, you may need more than one appointment to complete your scaling and root planing therapy.

What benefits can I expect from root planing therapy?

Root planing therapy restores health to your gums so they can reattach to your tooth roots, keeping your teeth secure. As your gums heal, you’ll notice that they look pink and healthy again. Your symptoms should resolve.

Root planing therapy may be the only treatment you need to reverse your periodontitis. To set up an appointment, call Dr. Caunitz’s office today or use the online contact form.