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Kenneth L.Westbrook, DDS, PA | Scaling & Root Planing in Morehead City

Kenneth L. Westbrook, DDS, P. A.
252-726-5778

 

 

General Family Dentistry 

3708 Symi Circle

Morehead City, NC

 Important COVID-19 Information for Our Office:

Due to the recent pandemic our office has put some new policies and procedures in place. Our office is unable to see any walkins at this time. You MUST have a scheduled appointment in order to be seen. 

All patients are now required to complete a few screening questions prior to their appointment. We are also encouraging our patients, parents excorting their children, and caregivers to wear a mask to their scheduled appointments. We would be happy to provide a mask for those that do not have a mask available.

You will need to contact our office immediately if you have an upcoming appointment and have had a persisent cough, fever, or any flu-like symptoms in the past 21 days. If you have traveled to any areas highly effected by the COVID virus within the last two weeks, please contact our office. Also if you or a member of your family has been exposed to someone, you are aware of, that has tested positive for the COVID virus please call our office.

We understand that many of our new policies and procedures may pose an inconvience on our patients. We are doing all we can to provide a safe environment to our patients as well as protect our staff and families. 

 

  

Scaling & Root Planing
 
Kenneth L.Westbrook, DDS, PA in Morehead City NC

Gingivitis is a generative disease that left untreated, will cause significant tooth and gum deterioration.  Just the word gingivitis can strike panic in a patient’s mind. The reality is that the treatment is simple and performed right in your dentist’s office.

Plaque and tarter that sits on the teeth provides an environment, which allows bacteria to thrive and multiply.  The 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 will progress and the roots will need a planing. 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.

As a non-surgical procedure, scaling and planing is performed without any anesthesia, in the dentist’s office. While the procedure is usually painless, advanced stages of gingivitis may make it necessary to numb the area for complete comfort. Deep scaling and root planing is usually broken down into one section of the mouth per appointment. This allows for adequate healing time, and reduces the time for each appointment.

 
 
 
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