Root planing is a dental process that removes plaque and calculus from the affected regions of your pet’s mouth. Eliminating these irritants helps fight inflammation and contributes to overall periodontal health.
Large-scale plaque buildup is a haven for harmful bacteria that contribute to periodontal disease. Root planing and scaling “deep cleans” the target area from the gums down to the roots, a scraper or ultrasonic tool is used to remove harmful agents and stop the progression of gum disease. Scaling is relatively painless, but local anesthesia may be administered to your cat or dog if necessary.
Depending on the severity of the periodontal disease, scaling may be a component of a larger treatment plan that includes oral surgery. Flossing and brushing your pet’s teeth is an excellent way to continue good oral health practices after the recovery period ends.
To learn more about individual dental procedures and general oral health please contact your Dental Center at Colleyville Animal Clinic specialist today.