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Alan Paul Friz, DDS | Scaling & Root Planing in Huntingburg

Family and Implant Dentistry of Huntingburg, LLC


1411 N Chestnut Street                                                         
Huntingburg, IN 47542                                                         


Scaling & Root Planing



Alan Paul Friz, DDS in Huntingburg IN

Periodontitis, which occurs when gingivitis is left untreated, is a degenerative disease that will cause significant tooth and gum deterioration.  Just the word periodontitis can strike panic in a patient’s mind. The reality is that the treatment is simple and performed right in Dr. Friz's office.

Plaque is a clear, sticky film made up of bacteria that attachs to the teeth.  The mouth provides a dark, moist environment for plaque to thrive and multiply when allowed to remain on the teeth.  The bacteria cause the gums to become inflamed and bleed. The condition can become  noticeable when gums bleed, you have a lingering bad mouth odor or the teeth start to become loose or shift.  Gingivitis can be reversed by disrupting the bacterial plaque from the teeth and around the gum tissue (including in between the teeth) on a daily basis.  If  left untreated, gingivitis can progress into periodontitis and advanced treatment will be required. Periodontitis will require scaling and root planing treatment, by a licensed dental hygienist, in which the bacteria and dental tartar that has accumulated under the gum tissue is removed.   The difference between scaling and root planing is simple. Scaling is the removal of the dental tartar from the tooth surface and root planing is the process of smoothing the root surfaces of the teeth.  In doing so, that provides a smooth surface so that plaque does not adhere as easily.  Refer to the following video:



As a non-surgical procedure, scaling and root planing is performed without any anesthesia, in Dr. Friz's office. While the procedure is usually painless, advanced stages of periodontitis may require anesthetic for complete comfort. Deep scaling and root planing is usually scheduled in multple appointments treating one section of the mouth at a time. This allows for adequate healing time, and reduces the time for each appointment.

If scaling and root planing is not effective, other treatment may be necessary. In some cases, Dr. Friz may refer you to a Periodontist for further treatment.  A Periodontist is a  dentist that specializes in the supporting structures of the teeth.   View the following video for more information on periodontal disease and its treatment:


Huntingburg Dentist | Scaling & Root Planing. Alan Friz is a Huntingburg Dentist.