Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing

What is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?

A scaling and root planing is a type of deep dental cleaning that removes plaque, tartar and debris from below the gum line. For patients who have gum disease, small pockets will form around the teeth as a result of the condition. It can be nearly impossible to clean out these pockets on your own, which is why a scaling and root planing is so beneficial. The cleaning is performed by a dental hygienist who will clear out these gingival pockets to prevent the disease from progressing.

Why might Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing be needed?

Gum disease affects nearly half of all otherwise healthy adults over the age of 30. While some may not think the disease is a big deal, it can eventually lead to both tooth and bone loss if left untreated. If you have gum disease, it is important to come in for periodontal treatment to stop the disease from getting worse. The sooner you come in for treatment, the better your oral health will be.

What Is A Periodontal Scaling And Root Planing
Why Might Periodontal Scaling And Root Planing Be Needed

Who is a candidate for a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?

To determine if you have periodontal disease, we will use a thin and painless probe to measure the small pockets around the teeth. If these pockets are deeper than roughly 3mm, we may recommend that you have a deeper scaling and root planing done. Some other signs to look for when it comes to gum disease include bleeding, swollen gums, persistent bad breath and gum recession. If you have gum disease, it is crucial that you come in for treatment before it can get worse.

What happens during a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?

The scaling and root planing procedure begins with local anesthetic. This anesthetic is administered to one entire side of the mouth. This helps to make the cleaning more comfortable for you. Our dental hygienist will then use scalers to clear away heavy debris and buildup from above the gums as well as slightly below the gum line. The teeth are then smoothed to help the gums heal properly. You will need to come back in to have the other side of your mouth treated in a similar manner.

If you would like to learn more about scaling and root planings, call our office today to speak with one of our knowledgeable team members.