Scaling and Root Planing

Friendly Smiles Dental Care

Scaling and root planing is the most common and conservative form of treatment for periodontal (gum) disease. Scaling is the removal of calculus (commonly called tartar) and plaque that attach to the tooth surfaces. The process especially targets the area below the gum line, along the root.

For some patients, scaling and root planing can cause discomfort. A local anesthetic may be used to numb the portion of your mouth that is being worked on.

Scaling and root planing are done with a combination of ultrasonic scalers and hand instruments. Ultrasonic instruments are electric or air-powered.

For two to three days after the treatment, you may have some soreness and be sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help.

You may be asked to use an antiseptic mouth rinse after scaling and root planing. This is especially likely if your gums are very sore. However, you should continue brushing and flossing as usual. You can expect some minor bleeding in the first days after scaling and root planing. This usually stops within few weeks.

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Our Services

  • Friendly Smiles Dental CareDental Checkup & Cleaning

    During a checkup visit, you will see either Dr Aulakh or her hygienist who will check your gums and teeth..

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    Tooth colored fillings are also called white fillings that restore and mimic the natural appearance of tooth structure..

  • Friendly Smiles Dental CareCrown & Bridge

    Crowns may be placed for several reasons. Usually the tooth has been broken or severely damaged by decay..

  • Friendly Smiles Dental CareTooth Extraction

    If you need an extraction, your dentist will first numb the area to lessen any discomfort..

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    Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your other..

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Testimonials

  • Excellent treatment, friendly staff, very professional.

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  • Doctor Fairy- that's how my kids call her. My 6 year old son had fallen down and hit his teeth to the ground which got infected. Dr.Navdeep took very good care of him. He was nervous in the beginning but doctor's warmth , professionalism and smile turned his experience into a wonderful one. Kudos and keep up the good work.Dr. Navdeep really knows how to deal with kids as well as big kids :)

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  • I am very grateful for Friendly Simles Dental because their level of integrity, care, professionalism and perfection are factors that stand out by far. They are incredibly thorough, they seek out the best in their equipment and technology and they are also incredibly hygienic. I had a couple major procedures done with them, and I left very refreshed at their level of professionalism and transparency (about the procedures), and was glad I went with them. You leave with the knowledge that they did their best to make sure you had the best possible experience and outcome.

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  • Dr. Aulakh has been my dentist for over five years and has handled everything from my Invisalign treatment to routine cleanings and fillings. I have yet to find a dentist who is as caring and professional as she is. I highly recommend her and the services that she offers at her office here!

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  • I had an excellent time! I'd previously had an issue with a cancelled appointment and this team made up for it in spades: very accommodating, kind, and efficient. High recommend!

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  • Excellent visit. Staff very nice and Dr very gentle. She took her time to explain what needed to be done. Did not over sell and judge me for not flossing. I will refer my friends and family.

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  • I've never had such a comfortable and relaxed cavity/drilling/filling experience. The finesse exercised by Dr. Aulakh in sealing 4 teeth, and freeing loose my last wisdom tooth from thick overlaying gum was absolutely amazing. 

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  • Staff very nice and Dr very gentle. She took her time to explain what needed to be done. Did not over sell and judge me for not flossing. I will refer my friends and family.

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  • Pleasant, helpful, and very clear about what was needed and why.  Everyone on staff was very pleasant too.

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  • “Excellent service. Dr. Aulakh is awesome, office is very clean and the staff is nice. Dr. Aulakh is very gentle and explains everything and doesn't rush. I would come back again and recommend her to others.”

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