Scaling and Root Planing at Hershey Family Dentistry

At Hershey Family Dentistry, we specialize in the prevention and treatment of gum disease. Our experienced team is dedicated to providing comprehensive periodontal care, including scaling and root planing, to help you maintain healthy gums and a strong foundation for your teeth.

Understanding Gum Disease: Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the tissues that support your teeth. It is usually caused by plaque buildup and can lead to swollen, bleeding gums, bad breath, and, in severe cases, tooth loss. Early detection and treatment are crucial to prevent the progression of gum disease.

Scaling and Root Planing: Scaling and root planing, often referred to as a “deep cleaning,” is a non-surgical procedure used to treat gum disease. It involves:

  • Scaling: The removal of plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline.
  • Root Planing: Smoothing the root surfaces of your teeth to help the gums reattach and prevent further plaque buildup.

This procedure is typically recommended for patients with moderate to severe gum disease and is performed under local anesthesia to ensure your comfort.

Benefits of Scaling and Root Planing:

  • Halts the Progression of Gum Disease: By removing plaque and tartar, scaling and root planing help stop the infection and inflammation of the gums.
  • Prevents Tooth Loss: By treating gum disease early, scaling and root planing can prevent the loss of teeth that can occur as the disease progresses.
  • Improves Oral Health: Healthy gums are essential for overall oral health. This procedure helps restore the health of your gums and supports the longevity of your teeth.

Aftercare: Following scaling and root planing, our team will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions to ensure proper healing and maintenance of your gum health. We may also recommend more frequent dental cleanings to prevent the recurrence of gum disease.

We are committed to providing you with the highest standard of periodontal care. If you have symptoms of gum disease or if it’s time for your regular check-up, please contact us to schedule an appointment. Let us help you achieve and maintain healthy gums for a lifetime of smiles.


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Dr. William Svitko, DMD
1036 Cocoa Avenue
Hershey, PA  17033

Phone: 717-533-4202


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Hershey Family Dentistry

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Cosmetic Dentistry
Endodontics Dentistry
Periodontal Dentistry
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