Scaling & Root Planing in Ventura

Periodontal disease better known as gum disease is something that affects many people. Occurring over time or simply as we age gum disease can become a serious issue if left untreated. During cleanings at our office, Dr. Askari will check for any plaque build-up or signs of bacteria in the mouth that can lead to damage and decay.

Regularly visiting your local dentist is the best way to care for your teeth and stay healthy. You may follow the recommended dental care tactics at home such as; flossing and brushing after every meal. Although this is great for keeping your teeth white and preventing severe dental problems later on, brushing and flossing do not always remove all of the plaque and tartar that builds up on your teeth over time.

Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical solution that stops gum disease and prevents further issues. As with any medical procedure, the techniques that we use are less painful and less invasive if the gum disease is caught early.

Scaling and root planing is our first line of defense against the buildup of calculus, plaque, and tartar which can harm your gums, teeth, and the bone structure below the gum.

What is Scaling and Root Planing?

When you visit our office we use this procedure if we see signs of gingivitis or gum disease. Scaling and root planing allow us to go below the gum line and remove any etiologic substances that will lead to great harm later on.

The Procedure

Dr. Askari will do a full examination that includes X-rays and an examination of your mouth. Before performing any procedures, our highly-skilled dentist will ensure that the care you receive is the right care for your unique needs. With patient comfort in mind, we aim to keep your mouth healthy and your teeth beautiful.

Gum disease can become a problem under the gum line creating deep pockets and breaking down the natural tissue that holds the tooth securely in place. We may offer some anesthesia during the Scaling and Root Planing procedure to make sure that you are comfortable.

Depending on your individual needs and the progression of gum disease we use this method to repair damage and prevent further issues.


When calculus and plaque are attached to the surface of the tooth we use an ultrasonic scaling tool to gently remove the build-up. We will then use irrigation to administer an antimicrobial substance to the root removing any bacteria.

Root Planing

Root planing focuses on repairing the deep pockets created by gum disease and gingivitis. We smooth the root which prevents bacteria from attaching to the tooth below the gum line.


Removal of gum disease and build-up will ensure that your teeth stay secure in their sockets. After the Scaling and root planing procedure you may notice that your breath smells better and your teeth and gums feel better. By reducing inflammation and removing harmful bacteria, this procedure is long-lasting and effective.


What is scaling and root planning ?
Scaling and planing involve a deep cleaning above and below the gum line near the roots of your teeth. Your dentist or dental hygienist will use a special tool to scale your teeth, removing all signs of plaque, tartar and food debris.
Why do I need scaling and root planning?
Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, can cause severe problems for your teeth if left untreated. If your gums bleed while brushing, this may be a sign of gingivitis. In this stage, your gums haven’t had permanent damage done to them. But left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, which is where scaling and planning come into play.
How much does it cost ?
These costs are dependent upon what tools or technology your dentist uses for the treatment, where you live and what your insurance covers. It’s always a good idea, before making any decision, to speak with your insurance provider and see what your plan will cover.
Does it hurt?
No, this treatment is relatively pain-free. A local anesthetic is given to your prior to the procedure to numb the area so you aren’t able to feel any pain during the procedure. Once the anesthetic begins to work, your dentist will then begin scaling your teeth.

Do You Have More Questions?

To learn more about scaling and root planning please schedule your personal consultation today. Our office is located in Ventura. We encourage you to fill out our online contact form or call our office at (805) 677-5900 for more information about our services.


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Dr. Askari and her team are fantastic. They’re very understanding and deal well with patients who are nervous or have strong gag reflexes. Kind, caring dentists who want you to have a healthy mouth and a good life.

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