Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing
What is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
A scaling and root planing is a type of cleaning that is specifically done to clean underneath the gum line. It is often necessary when a patient has mild to moderate gum disease. When gum disease begins to process, the gums will actually separate from the teeth themselves. This causes pocketing to form between the gums and the teeth, and these pockets can only be thoroughly cleaned by a professional.
Why might a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing be needed?
If you fail to treat gum disease, it can and will eventually get worse. In fact, nearly half of all adults have gum disease to some degree. Left untreated, the disease can eventually lead to tooth and underlying bone loss. Because it’s impossible to treat gum disease without professional care and treatment, it is important that you come into our office for a scaling and root planing.
What makes someone a candidate for a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
To determine if you have gum disease, we can perform a gum health check. This involves probing the gums to measure the pocketing around each tooth. This probe is thin and painless, and it provides us with the depth of the pocketing to create a personalized treatment plan. If you have gum disease, we recommend having it treated as soon as possible to prevent it from getting worse.
What can be expected during a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
The first step is to numb one whole side of your mouth with a local anesthetic. Once you’re comfortable, our hygienist will start the deep cleaning. Special tools, known as scalers, are used around the teeth to clear away bacteria, plaque and tartar. From there, the hygienist works to clear away buildup from underneath the gum line. This buildup may have become lodged inside the pocketing that has formed as a result of the disease. The roots of the teeth are thoroughly and carefully smoothed so that the gums have a chance to heal closer to the teeth. You’ll then come in to have the other side of your mouth treated in the same manner.
If you’d like to learn more about a scaling and root planing, call our office today to speak with one of our knowledgeable team members. Our one-on-one approach to care and low office wait times are beneficial for all of our patients.