Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing
What is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
A scaling and root planing is a type of cleaning that works to remove debris and tartar from both above and slightly below the gum line. This deeper dental cleaning is specific to patients who have gum disease. Gum disease causes the tissues around the teeth to separate, causing pocketing or cratering to form. These pockets allow for debris, plaque and bacteria to build up, which further progresses the disease. One of the only ways to properly clear out these gingival pockets is with a deep dental cleaning known as a scaling and root planing.
Why would a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing be needed?
The reason you’d need to have a deep cleaning done is because you have gum disease. Gum disease is a common dental condition affecting nearly half of all otherwise healthy adults. It can lead to tooth and bone loss over time, and it’s even been linked to other serious health disorders. In order to prevent the disease from getting worse, the gums need to be properly cleaned with the help of a dental hygienist.
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Who is a candidate for a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
If you have gum disease, you may find that your gums bleed and feel swollen when brushing and flossing. Rather than being pink and healthy, your gums may appear red, inflamed and irritated. When you come into our office for an exam, we check your gums for signs of pocketing. This is done by using a thin and painless gum probe that measures the size of the pockets around each tooth.
What happens during a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
We numb one side of your mouth using a local anesthetic. Our dental hygienist then gets to work removing heavy debris and buildup from both above and below the gum line. Once the debris has been cleared, the hygienist smooths any exposes tooth roots so that the gums are better able to heal closely to them. The procedure takes about an hour in our office. You will need to come in for a second appointment to have the other side of your mouth treated in the same way.
If you think you might need a deeper cleaning, call us today and one of our friendly and helpful team members will be happy to help you out.