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Scaling and Root Planing Can Treat Gum Disease and Improve Your Overall Physical Health


Gum disease is a common, but serious, oral health concern. Left untreated, the condition can lead to significant dental damage, including missing teeth. Studies have even shown a link between the disease and an increased risk of developing systemic health conditions, such as heart attack and stroke. Fortunately, Dr. Timothy J. Hacker can effectively treat gum disease with scaling and root planing. At his Memphis, TN, office, he uses ultrasonic tools to eliminate bacteria from your gums and dental roots. These advanced tools have a minimal impact on healthy tissue, meaning your treatment will involve virtually no discomfort.

Do You Require Scaling and Root Planing?

Gum disease occurs when bacteria begin to build up along the gum line, where they will eventually form pockets around your tooth roots. If you are suffering from any of the symptoms of gum disease, your dentist will assess the stage of the condition to determine whether you are a candidate for scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning. These symptoms include:

  • Bleeding during flossing
  • Gum inflammation and redness
  • Visible gum recession
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Loose teeth

In its earliest stages, improved oral hygiene and other conservative measures are often sufficient in restoring health to the gums. In the later stages of gum disease, scaling and root planing may need to be combined with surgical periodontal treatment.

What to Expect During the Procedure

Prior to your deep cleaning, Dr. Hacker may numb your gums with a gentle injection. Then he will eradicate the pockets of bacteria from your gums and around your tooth roots. He will also smooth your dental roots, removing the rough patches that can easily trap bacteria. Our state-of-the-art ultrasonic tools will use sound waves to break apart stubborn bacteria and plaque. These devices do not involve unpleasant vibrations or drilling noises. They are also highly precise, so they will not disrupt healthy soft tissue. As a result, you should experience very little discomfort during and after your treatment. With his experience and advanced technology, Dr. Hacker can typically complete scaling and root planing in only one or two appointments.

Periodontal ultrasonic scaler
Our state-of-the-art ultrasonic tools involve no unpleasant vibrations or drilling noises.

The Benefits of Non-surgical Periodontal Treatment

A deep cleaning will remove harmful bacteria and prevent permanent damage to your smile. Without this treatment, microbes will continue to multiply. The pockets around your tooth roots will grow larger, and your gums will start to pull away. In response, you could experience widespread tooth loss, as well as considerable discomfort.

With his experience and advanced technology, Dr. Hacker can typically complete scaling and root planing in only one or two appointments.

Scaling and root planing can also protect your overall physical health. Gum disease has been linked to an increased risk for heart attack, stroke, and other serious conditions. The bacteria that causes inflammation in your gums can also lead to inflammation in your blood vessels. Fortunately, by removing the oral bacteria, scaling and root planing can protect your heart health. Because of its widespread and vital benefits, Dr. Hacker classifies deep cleanings as preventive treatments.

Schedule an Evaluation

If you are suffering from the symptoms of gum disease, do not neglect the care you need. Contact Dr. Hacker’s office today to schedule your consultation.

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"We have plenty of time to listen to you and talk to you about your concerns and issues. Our patients are always treated with dignity and respect. You will always know how much a procedure will cost and how long it will take before we start. We will also do our best to help you understand what to expect. My website is a good source for information that will help guide you in making decisions concerning your treatment."

Dr. Timothy J. Hacker

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2855 Summer Oaks Dr
Memphis, TN 38134

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