Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing

The process of smoothing the tooth roots is known as planing.

What is a Scaling and Root Planing?

A scaling and root planing is done to help prevent the progression of gum disease. When you have gum disease, small pockets begin to form and deepen around each tooth. These pockets allow for debris, bacteria and plaque to become lodged inside and it’s impossible to keep these pockets clean with brushing alone. A scaling and root planing is simply a deeper cleaning performed by a hygienist to clean these gingival pockets.

Why is a Scaling and Root Planing needed?

A scaling and root planing may be needed if you have periodontal disease. The procedure helps to stop the progression of the disease and promote healthier, cleaner gums. Unlike a regular cleaning, scaling and root planings require local anesthetic to make the procedure comfortable for you. The procedure involves two separate appointments since it’s unsafe to numb your entire mouth at the same time.

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Who’s a good candidate for a Scaling and Root Planing?

We will check your gums for signs of periodontal disease before recommending a deeper cleaning. It’s normal to have tiny pockets between the tooth and gum tissue, but once these pockets become deeper than 3mm, we may recommend a scaling and root planing. The procedure is essential for keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Your teeth and gums will be healthier and cleaner than ever before after the procedure is done.

What happens during a Scaling and Root Planing?

You will come into our office and receive local anesthetic to make the procedure as comfortable as possible. The hygienist then works to remove hardened plaque, stains and plaque from the teeth and deeper in the gums. The roots of your teeth are then smoothed underneath these pockets to prevent bacterial adhesion of the area. The process of smoothing the tooth roots is known as planing. You will then be scheduled to come in for a second appointment to have the other side of your mouth treated.

If you think you may need a scaling and root planing, call us today and we’ll help to get you in for a convenient appointment.