SCALING AND ROOT PLANING

SCALING AND ROOT PLANING

The initial stage of treatment for periodontal disease is usually a thorough cleaning that may include scaling or root planing. The objective of these non-surgical procedures is to remove etiologic agents such as dental plaque and tartar, or calculus, which cause gingival inflammation and disease. Scaling and root planing can be used as a stand-alone treatment, or a preventative measure. They are commonly performed on cases of gingivitis and moderate to severe periodontal disease.

WHAT DO THE PROCEDURES ENTAIL?

Dr. Ferrin will only perform scaling and root planing after a thorough examination of the mouth, which may include taking x-rays and visually examining the mouth. Depending on the condition of the gums, the amount of tartar present, the depth of the pockets, and the progression of periodontitis, Dr. Ferrin may recommend scaling and root planing. In some cases, a local anesthesia may be used during the procedure.

  • Scaling:
    When scaling is performed, calculus and plaque that attaches to the tooth surfaces is removed. The process especially targets the area below the gum line, along the root. Scaling is performed with a special dental tool called an ultrasonic scaling tool. The scaling tool usually includes an irrigation process that can be used to deliver an antimicrobial agent below the gums to help reduce oral bacteria.
  • Root Planing:
    Root planing is performed in order to remove cementum and surface dentin that is embedded with unwanted microorganisms, toxins, and tartar. The root of the tooth is literally smoothed, which promotes healing, and also helps prevent bacteria from easily colonizing in the future.

Antibiotics or irrigation with antimicrobials (chemical agents or mouth rinses) may be recommended to help control the growth of bacteria that create toxins and cause periodontitis. In some cases, Dr. Ferrin may place antibiotic fibers in the periodontal pockets after scaling and planing. This may be done to control infection and to encourage normal healing.

When deep pockets between teeth and gums are present, it is difficult for Dr. Ferrin to thoroughly remove plaque and tartar. Patients can seldom if ever, keep these pockets clean and free of plaque. Consequently, surgery may be needed to restore periodontal health.

BENEFITS OF PERIODONTAL TREATMENT

If treatment is successful, scaling and planing may have many periodontal benefits. One is that it can help prevent disease. Research has proven that bacteria from periodontal infections can travel through the bloodstream and affect other areas of the body, sometimes causing heart and respiratory diseases. Scaling and root planing removes bacteria that cause these conditions.

Another benefit of treatment is protecting teeth against tooth loss. When gum pockets exceed 3mm in depth, the risk for periodontal disease increases. As pockets deepen, more bacteria are able to colonize, eventually causing a chronic inflammatory response by the body to destroy gingival and bone tissue. This leads to tooth loss.

Finally, scaling and root planing may make the mouth more aesthetically pleasing and should reduce bad breath caused from food particles and bacteria in the oral cavity. Superficial stains on the teeth will be removed during scaling and planing, adding an extra bonus to the procedures.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call us at our dental office at 541-779-4501.

ABOUT DR. JOHN FERRIN, DMD, MS

WHO WE ARE

Dr. Ferrin brings a wealth of cutting-edge periodontal training with him to Southern Oregon. Born in the mountains of Northern Utah and raised in Mississippi. Dr. Ferrin joined the U.S Army National Guard at the age of 17 and served for 14 years. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Biology with an emphasis in Physiology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and went on to earn his DMD at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine. While attending dental school, he started a nationally recognized dental clinic to provide free dental care to Veterans in need. The clinic was named Sgt. Clint Ferrin Dental Clinic after his brother, who neglected his oral health due to several deployments. Sgt. Ferrin was later killed in action in Iraq in 2004. For his work in the clinic, Dr. Ferrin was awarded the ADA Foundation Award for student leadership.

Testimonials

What People are Saying

“Great Experience”

"Thank you Dr. Ferrin and staff for a first class experience. Everyday I examine the gum graft surgery spot and am so amazed at the difference. My gums are now very youthful and healthy looking!"

Larilyn G

“Highly Recommended”

"I never thought I'd need a gum graft (or that I'd write a review for one!), but thankfully, there is Ferrin Periodontics. Dr. Ferrin is kindhearted, empathetic, and highly skilled..."

Anna E

"It has been 10 years"

"I gave Dr. Ferrin and his staff a five rating for the family atmosphere and professionalism I experience every time I go there. I had a crown Lengthening procedure and I couldn’t be more please with the out come..."

Scott R

Ron Timen
Ron Timen
06:03 01 Oct 19
Such a friendly environment. The office staff are upbeat and help you dial down any nervousness. The procedure went incredibly well. Pain was virtually non-existent. Dr. Ferrin called that evening to check on me. Highly recommend this practice!read more
Julie Schamanek
Julie Schamanek
19:15 30 Aug 19
I would totally recommend Dr. Federal and his staff. I am an extremely nervous patient and they made me feel extremely comfortable. Thank you!read more
Linda Rodgers
Linda Rodgers
17:20 28 Aug 19
Saw Dr Ferrin for oral surgery and couldn't have been more satisfied with the experience. First off, when you visit the office it's quickly apparent that the staff is happy to be there and that translates to every part of your visit. They are all cooperating to make your care as good as possible, making sure at every moment that all your questions are answered and that you are comfortable. Dr Ferrin is highly professional with a wonderful and reassuring manner. To top it off, the office is absolutely beautiful and the exam rooms are obviously state of the art.read more
cyd hutton
cyd hutton
18:08 31 Jul 19
Dr. Ferrin and his entire staff are professional, respectful, and knowledgeable. We are all fortunate to have such high quality care.read more
Katharine Glasser
Katharine Glasser
01:49 25 Jun 19
For many years I was foolish enough to avoid dentists while working overseas. On returning home I continued to avoid them primarily because I was afraid of what I'd be told. Of course it can't be put off forever and at my first dental appointment I was referred to Dr.Ferrin for periodontal care. I was terrified, but it was so much easier than I was expecting. The staff were all friendly and helped me relax. They were patient, made sure I was comfortable, and never once made me feel guilty or stupid for not attending to my mouth sooner. Dr.Ferrin was very thorough and took the time to explain what he was doing, what he found, and what my options were. There was no rush or pressure for me to make a decision right away. Ultimately a care plan was agreed upon and the work started. There was a lot to be done, but it's now almost complete. I'm feeling good and best of all I have my smile back. Thank you Dr.Ferrin and all your staff for your excellent work and your caring attitude.read more
Chris Murphy
Chris Murphy
23:19 22 Jun 19
My experience with Dr. Ferrin and his team was great. He has exceptional bedside manner and my gum graft was as painless as it could be. The only downside is he’s a Kentucky Wildcat fan, but I would still see him again and recommend him to all my friends and family.read more
Linda Thompson
Linda Thompson
18:34 15 May 19
Dr Ferrin saved my teeth! After years of miss guided attention to my periodontal disease that allowed my condition to progress , Laser treatment year to date is a success. Now it's on going maintenance to keep my gums healthy. Dr Ferrin and his entire staff are personable and caring including Hygenist Heidi and September who are also skilled and very thorough . Honesty and integrity come to mind. Sincerely, Carleton Thompsonread more
Molly Quinn
Molly Quinn
02:52 06 May 19
Dr. Ferrin is a godsend. I switched over to him after an discouraging experience with the last periodontist that I met with. I was really nervous at first, but Dr. Ferrin and his staff were very kind and comforting towards me. They went out of their way to make me feel at ease. I’ve only had one appointment with Dr. Ferrin and I trust him. I would definitely recommend him to anyone if you have to have a dental procedure because he is the perfect example of a medical professional in that area.read more
Paula Ivie
Paula Ivie
22:19 23 Apr 19
Honest, informative, has integrity, professional, and great staff. The work we had done was high quality. We felt lucky to have found Dr. Ferrin. We drive 2.5 hours to have him do the work that needed to be done.read more
Easton Ferrin
Easton Ferrin
16:20 15 Apr 19
best periodontist i ever met. Super nice and good at his job.
Mike Barton
Mike Barton
00:06 20 Mar 19
September handled my quarterly cleaning today in a particularly human way. I have been suffering from a bad case of shingles on the right side of my head and she went out of her way to make my cleaning as painless as possible. Thanks again.read more
Steven Weskirchen
Steven Weskirchen
23:39 30 Oct 18
You can feel comfortable and secure that you are receiving the best treatment possible with Dr. Ferrin and his amazing team. I have needed multiple procedures, and have not always had the best experiences in a dental chair, -therefore I do know the difference. I instantly felt at ease when I walked into Dr. Ferrin's office. He is professional, sensitive, and shows a genuine passion for his work. I have never experienced a "specialist" who truly thinks in the grand concept for the health of his patients, instead of just completing the task he is trained to perform. This passion and professionalism trickles down to all the staff in his office. They are all friendly and upbeat, which further exudes that feeling of confidence and comfort; and are obviously happy to be a part of his team. They are well-trained in explaining a specific and detailed financial plan when necessary, and are always available to answer questions. THEY MAKE ME FEEL LIKE A PERSON, -NOT JUST A PATIENT. Dr. Ferrin does exceptional work, is empathetic, and we are truly blessed to have his service in our area. I felt compelled to share my positive experiences online for those who are apprehensive or just looking for re-assurance to get the best periodontal care possible. Dr. John Ferrin and his staff are awesome!read more
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Ferrin Periodontics

John D. Ferrin, DMD, MS

2930 E Barnett Rd, Medford,
OR 97504, USA

PHONE: 541-779-4501

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