Scaling and root planing helps eliminate plaque and bacteria under the gum line and in between teeth that cannot be addressed with routine oral hygiene. At Northern Colorado Periodontics in Fort Collins, CO, we provide this conservative treatment, also known as a deep cleaning, when the beginning stages of gum disease are detected and easily treatable. Dr. Nicolas Shumaker is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and can use this simple, non-surgical periodontal treatment to restore gum health and reverse the effects of gum disease.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection that causes inflammation within the soft and hard tissues of the mouth. Our doctors are passionate about catching gum disease in its earliest stages to help protect your overall oral and physical health. When caught early, in its milder stage (gingivitis), side effects are manageable and often curable with conservative treatment such as scaling and root planing. If left untreated, it can lead to gum recession, bone loss, tooth decay, and other serious oral health concerns. Gum disease has also been linked to serious overall health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.