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Jeffrey Evan Felzer, DMD | Scaling & Root Planing in Wilmington


Jeffrey E. Felzer  DMD PC

Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology          

(302) 995-6979

Scaling & Root Planing

Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) is a degenerative disease that left untreated, may cause significant tooth and gum deterioration. 
Plaque and tarter that sits on the teeth provides an environment that allows bacteria to thrive and multiply.  These bacteria cause the gums to become inflamed and bleed. The condition becomes more noticeable when you brush your teeth or sometimes when you eat. These are signs of the early stage of gingivitis. Gingivitis is easily treated by having the hygienist scaling and polishing the teeth.  If gingivitis is left untreated, the condition may progress towards periodontal disease.   This is when scaling and root planing may be necessary.  The difference between scaling and root planing is simple. Scaling is the removal of the dental tartar from the tooth surface, root planing is the process of smoothening the root surfaces and removing the infected tooth structure.

Scaling and planing is performed under local anesthesia in the dentist’s office.   It is usually completed in several visits. 

Wilmington Dentist | Scaling & Root Planing. Jeffrey Felzer is a Wilmington Dentist.