Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing
What is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
Gum disease affects nearly half of all otherwise healthy adults worldwide. It is the number one cause for tooth loss, and is completely preventable. The best way to prevent gum disease is with regular cleanings and exams as well as quality home care. However, if you have gum disease, a scaling and root planing can be helpful when it comes to preventing progression of the disease. A scaling and root planing, which is sometimes called a deep cleaning, cleans around the teeth as well as underneath the gums where pocketing has formed.
Why would a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing be needed?
Gum disease occurs when the soft tissue of the gums starts to separate from the teeth. This causes small pockets to form around the teeth, which become a breeding ground for bacteria and plaque. The best way to keep these pockets thoroughly clean is with a scaling and root planing. If you have mild to moderate gum disease, you’ll benefit the most from a scaling and root planing.
Who is a candidate for a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
We can check your gums for signs of gum disease at your next appointment. If the pockets around your teeth are deeper than about 3mm, this could signal gum disease. If you have gum disease, we will recommend a scaling and root planing as a way to keep the gums healthy and clean. Scaling and root planings are normally done in two consecutive visits.
What happens during a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
Local anesthetic is administered to numb one entire side of the mouth. Our dental hygienist then works to clean the teeth. The hygienist will clear away any hardened plaque (tartar) as well as staining and discoloration. The hygienist then works to remove tartar and plaque from the pockets around the teeth. The roots of the teeth are smoothed to help the gums heal closely to them. You will then come back in for a second appointment to have the same procedure done to the opposite side of the mouth.
If you think you may need a scaling and root planing, and want to schedule an appointment, call our office to speak with one of our friendly staff members. We offer both extended office hours as well as personable customer service to improve your dental care experience.