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Scaling & Root Planning

Treatments Bring Gum Disease Under Control

Gum disease is a serious condition, but one that develops slowly. In the early stages of gum disease, Brewer Dental Center can provide a non-surgical treatment known as scaling and root planning. In this treatment, we remove plaque and tartar that has built on teeth surfaces and developing gum pockets. Gum pockets are empty spaces next to teeth that were caused by receding gums. These pockets provide extra space for bacteria to hold up and wear away at teeth and gums. If left alone for too long, this tartar buildup can cause severe gum disease.

Scaling and root planning is important if you have gum pockets or the early signs of gum disease. Thankfully, these conditions can be easily managed and treated in the early stages by removing plaque and keeping the mouth clean.


Scaling and root planning is a simple procedure that does not usually cause much discomfort. First, the dentist will scale away tartar above and below the gum line- this is the scaling process. During the root planning phase, your dentist will smooth out the teeth roots so that the gums can securely reattach to your teeth.

Some soreness after the procedure is expected. Your teeth and gums might be more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, and may even bleed a little after the procedure. This is normal and nothing to be concerned about. Over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen could help with the discomfort. Take a more gentle approach to brushing and flossing the next few days, you don’t want to further agitate the gums while they recover.


Gum disease is very treatable in the early stages. The gums have remarkable recovery potential. Maintaining good oral hygiene after your scaling and root planning procedure should help your gums become pink and firm again over the coming months. Our dentists can review proper brushing and flossing techniques with you so you can continue optimal oral care at home.

We can help you get your gums healthy again. Call (406) 412-6365 to schedule an appointment with our dentists in Billings.

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