Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing
What is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
A scaling and root planing is done as a way to treat gum disease. If you have gum disease, the soft tissues around the teeth will begin to separate. This causes crevices or pocketing to form around the teeth. Bacteria, food and plaque can become lodged in these pockets, causing further progression of the disease. A scaling and root planing is a deeper cleaning that helps to clean out these gingival pockets.
Why would a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing be needed?
A periodontal scaling and root planing is often needed if you have gum disease. Because gum disease can cause both tooth and bone loss, it is important to have it treated as soon as possible. This can prevent the disease from causing problems and can help to keep your mouth as healthy as possible. A scaling and root planing will be performed by a licensed dental hygienist and typically involves two consecutive appointments.
Who is a good candidate for a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
To determine if a scaling and root planing is needed, we will perform a gum health check. This involves using a thin and painless probe to measure the pocketing around each tooth. If the pocketing is quite deep, we may recommend having a scaling and root planing done. If you need this deep cleaning done, it is important to have it done as soon as possible to help keep your gums healthy and clean.
What happens during the Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
We will administer a local anesthetic that is used to numb one entire side of the mouth. Our hygienist then uses special tools to clear away heavy tartar buildup from the surfaces of the teeth. From there, the same tools are used to carefully clean below the gum line and in those gingival pockets. This helps to clear out any debris and tartar that has accumulated underneath the gum line. The roots are smoothed to improve how the gums heal and you’ll be scheduled to come in for a second appointment to treat the other side of the mouth.
If you would like to schedule an appointment for a scaling and root planing, call us today so that we can help in answering all of your questions regarding this procedure.