Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing
What is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
A scaling and root planing is specifically designed to help treat gum disease. As gum disease begins and progresses, the soft tissues around your teeth separate. This causes small craters, or pockets, to form around the teeth. These pockets are nearly impossible to deep clean on your own, which is why a scaling and root planing is needed to clean these areas.
Why is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing needed?
You may need this type of deep cleaning because you have mild to moderate gum disease. This type of cleaning helps to keep those gingival pockets clean, which prevents the disease from progressing. The treatment is often done in two consecutive visits, with one side of the mouth being treated at a time. Because gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, preventing it from getting worse is key to obtaining a healthy, full smile.
Who is a candidate for a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
Most patients who have mild to moderate gum disease can and should consider having a scaling and root planing performed in our office. To determine if the procedure is needed, we will conduct a gum health check. This involves measuring the size of the pockets around each tooth. In most cases, pocketing that is deeper than about 3mm signals gum disease.
What happens during a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
The scaling and root planing will begin by numbing one entire side of your mouth. The hygienist then uses special tools known as scalers to deeply clean your teeth. The hygienist removes any hardened plaque (tartar) from the teeth as well as any staining. Once the surface of the teeth are cleaned, the hygienist moves underneath the gum line to clear out the gingival pockets that have formed. The roots of the teeth are smoothed to prevent further bacterial adhesion and you’ll be scheduled to come in to have the other side of your mouth treated in the same way.
If you would like to come into our office for a scaling and root planing, call us today so that we can get you in as soon as possible.