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Precision Periodontics & Implant Dentistry

Scaling & Root Planing

Washington DC & Alexandria VA

Scaling & Root Planing

Scaling & Root Planing Washington DC & Alexandria VA

Scaling & Root Planing Washington DC & Alexandria VA

Gum disease is an increasingly common inflammatory condition of the bone and gums surrounding the teeth. If left untreated, a number of issues can develop, such as swelling and/or bleeding gums, or gums to begin to recede. Gum recession occurs when the margin of gum tissue that surrounds your teeth begins to pull back or wear, resulting in more of your teeth or their roots being exposed. In addition to longer looking teeth and visible roots, other common symptoms of gum recession include increased tooth sensitivity, bleeding, inflammation, and halitosis. An increasing number of studies also indicate that chronic inflammation of the gums can lead to systemic inflammation, which increases your risk of developing serious health issues, such as dementia, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, stroke, or heart disease.

One of the most effective methods for treating periodontitis is a scaling and root planing procedure, which involves your periodontist using specialized tools to remove advanced decay and tartar that have developed above and below your gum line. The process of removing tartar above to root line is referred to as scaling, and removal of tartar below the gum line is referred to as planing.

At Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, our specialty trained periodontists Dr. Justin Zalewsky and Dr. Antara Daru have years of experience treating a wide range of stages of gum disease and placing dental implants. To learn more about the scaling and root planing procedure, or to schedule an appointment, contact our Alexandria, VA office at (703) 823-2422 or our Washington D.C. office at (202) 296-3360.


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Dr. Justin Zalewsky

Dr. Zalewsky

Dr. Justin Zalewsky, a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry, then went on to Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry where he received his Certificate of Periodontology and Oral Implantology.


Dr. Daru

Dr. Antara Daru, a graduate of New York University College of Dentistry, then went on to University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dentistry where she received her Masters of Science in Oral Biology and Certificate in Periodontology and Oral Implantology.

Scaling and Root Planing Procedure Expectations

If necessary, a local anesthetic will be administered prior to performing the scaling and root planing procedure. Once you are properly numbed, specialized dental instruments will be used to remove plaque and tartar build-up that have accumulated on the surfaces of the crown. If necessary, an antimicrobial agent will be used beneath the gums to decrease the oral bacteria. This is the scaling part of the procedure.

During the root planing part of the procedure, your periodontist will decrease the cementum and dentin that consist of unwanted calculus, toxins, and microorganism from the surface of the root of the tooth. Once the root has been smoothed out, it will be much more difficult for bacteria to accumulate and thrive in this area.

Benefits of Scaling and Root Planing

There are several benefits associated with the scaling and root planing procedure, including the following:

  • Protects Your Teeth: Left unchecked, periodontal disease puts you at a significant risk of developing gum pockets that accumulate dangerous bacteria, which can eventually result in tooth loss and jawbone deterioration.
  • Prevents Disease: Bacteria that develops in periodontal infections can also travel through your bloodstream and affect other areas of your body. There are numerous studies that indicate that periodontal disease can be linked to other health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung infections.
  • Improves Halitosis: Bad breath is one of the most obvious signs that periodontal disease is present. Following your scaling and root planing procedure, you should notice a significant improvement in alleviating this symptom.
  • Improved Aesthetic Appearance: Because the scaling and root planing procedure involves removing superficial stains that have accumulated on your teeth, you will enjoy a whiter smile following the procedure.

Scaling and Root Planing Procedure Aftercare

Following your scaling and root planing procedure, your periodontist may use antibiotics on your gum pockets to facilitate healing and diminish discomfort. They will also schedule a follow-up appointment to reassess the progression your pockets have made and ensure that you are healing properly. Aside from that, it will not be necessary to follow special aftercare instructions, although it is important to be aware of the reason this procedure was needed in the first place. Continue practicing good daily oral hygiene practices. Brush and floss twice daily, and schedule regular visits to your periodontist to ensure that your teeth receive regular professional cleanings, which will reduce your risk of developing gingivitis or periodontitis. If you follow these best practices, you will enjoy a bright and healthy smile for many years to come.

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Scaling & Root Planing Cost

The cost of a scaling and root planing will depend on a variety of factors, including your dental insurance plan, whether or not additional procedures are required, and the severity of your case.

At Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are committed to ensuring that money is not a deterrent to our patients receiving the optimal dental health care they deserve. For this reason, we offer a range of payment options regardless of what type of treatment you are having, which our staff will be happy to explain and assist with. Our office insurance coordinators work with other insurance companies to assist patients with their claims.

For your convenience, Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry accepts cash, check, debit and credit cards (Mastercard, American Express, Visa, and Discover). Our clinic also accepts CareCredit, a financing option for procedures and treatments not typically covered by insurance, or when insurance does not cover the entire cost. We are happy to provide an application in our office or you can apply online at

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Providing you with Optimal Care

At Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are proud to provide optimal care for patients in the Washington D.C. and Alexandria, VA area, and are dedicated to collaborating with your dentist to provide you with the customized treatment you deserve. In addition to having state-of-the-art equipment, we are also committed to creating a peaceful and relaxing environment, with amenities such as personal movie screens, neck pillows, and soft blankets available regardless of what procedure you are having performed.

To schedule your appointment for scaling and root planing, contact us today. We look forward to helping you achieve and maintain a bright and healthy smile!

Washington DC

2311 M Street NW Suite 500
Washington D.C. 20037
(202) 296-3360

Alexandria VA

4660 Kenmore Avenue Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22304
(703) 823-2422