At the Houston dental office we perform many types of dental services. Also known as a 'deep cleaning’, scaling and root planning is performed when a regular cleaning is not sufficient. When plaque remains on the teeth for an extended amount of time, it hardens and becomes a substance known as calculus. Calculus, or calcified plaque, cannot be taken off easily and must be scaled off of teeth.
Plaque also develops under the gums and if not removed will also develop into calculus. Over time, this calculus under the gums causes destruction of the gums as well as the bone under them. Patients won’t find another Houston dental office that emphasizes the importance of removing plaque immediately.
Patients should realize that once bone loss occurs, the root of the tooth is exposed and plaque and or calculus attaches there, just as it does to the rest of the tooth. The root must be planned in order for the calculus to be removed and to minimize the possibility of continuing destruction of the gum (gum disease) and bone loss. If untreated, gum disease and bone loss will eventually lead to tooth mobility and subsequent tooth loss.