Combat Gum Disease and Improve Oral Health with Root Planing and Scaling By Dennis Sternberg on March 30, 2015

Senior couple with healthy teeth and gumsThe gums are an integral part of a healthy and beautiful smile. If the teeth begin to suffer from decay or other oral health complications, it is likely that the health of the gums will also be compromised. This is because the bacteria, plaque, and tartar that can be so damaging to the teeth are just as bad for the gums. If the gums become infected as a result of high levels of bacteria at and beneath the gum line, restorative dentistry treatments to eliminate bacteria and restore oral health will be necessary. There are many restorative dental treatments that can treat gum disease; in many cases, Dr. Dennis Sternberg performs root planing and scaling on his New Jersey patients. This is a minimally invasive procedure that offers effective results, and significantly improves overall oral health.

Why Choose Root Planing and Scaling?

Root planing and scaling is the preferred method of gum disease treatment for Dr. Sternberg and his patients because it is a conservative approach. Many of the gum disease treatment alternatives require oral surgery, making root planing and scaling a more preferable option. This technique requires only the use of a local anesthetic and can effectively clean the teeth and gum line to rid the mouth of harmful bacteria, plaque, and tartar. To further ensure the success of treatment, and to prevent further plaque buildup, Dr. Sternberg also files away rough patches on the roots of the tooth so that it is more difficult for bacteria to cling to the teeth. As a final precaution, patients are often instructed to use an antibacterial rinse that will eliminate bacteria. In the days and weeks following root planing and scaling treatment, patients with advanced stages of gum disease often see a marked improvement in the condition of their gums and in overall oral health.

After root planing and scaling treatment, patients should avoid any foods with small seeds that could get stuck below the gun line. They may also wish to avoid hot and cold foods and drinks, which may cause tooth sensitivity.


Root planing and scaling is a technique with little risks and high rewards. Below are some of the numerous benefits of root planing and scaling:

  • Root planing and scaling eliminates many of the painful symptoms of gum disease, such as swelling, gum bleeding, and increased sensitivity
  • This treatment encourages the healing of gum tissue and the growth of new, healthy gum tissue
  • Root planing and scaling can reverse gum recession and prevent tooth loss
  • Root planing and scaling is minimally invasive, highly effective, and requires virtually no recovery time

Schedule an Appointment

If you have experienced inflammation or bleeding of the gums, it is possible that you are suffering from a case of gum disease. This condition will continue to progress and can pose a significant threat to oral health if left untreated. To learn more about root planing and scaling and how Dr. Dennis Sternberg can help you combat gum disease, schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Dr. Dennis G. Sternberg and Dr. Sandy Sternberg are top-rated dentists who are committed to caring for each patient's dental health while using the latest tools and technology. Dr. Dennis G. Sternberg has been featured in several high-profile publications, including:

  • New Jersey Monthly's "New Jersey's Top Dentists"
  • Newsweek's "Unsung Heroes"

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