Scaling and Root Planning

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What is Dental Scaling and Root Planing?

Dental scaling and root planing are the two best non-invasive procedures to either avoid gum disease altogether or treat gum disease before it gets serious. Scaling is a procedure in which the dental hygienist uses a scalar device to remove the accumulated plaque and tartar from the deepest recesses of your teeth.
If there’s a pocket of space between your gums and teeth — caused by gum recession due to excessive tartar — the dentist also uses the root planing procedure to smoothen the root surface and reattach it to your teeth. Both scaling and root planing are used to treat gum disease and remove plaque and tartar from below the gum line.

What Does Scaling Feel Like?

Dental scaling can be uncomfortable, particularly if you have sensitive gums. Your dentist may offer a local anesthetic to numb your gum tissue and make the procedure more comfortable. Speak with your dental care provider about your options for desensitizing the area if you’re concerned about pain or discomfort during the process.

Dental scaling can take several visits, each one addressing a different portion of the mouth. Some dentists divide the mouth into four quadrants, while others will perform dental scaling in two halves. If you’re nervous about the process, ask your dentist if you can schedule your scaling for a single visit. Though this isn’t an option for all cases, it may be available if you have only moderate gum disease and are willing to sit for a lengthy procedure.

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Scaling and Root Planing

You may think that perfect oral health is achieved by simply brushing and flossing your teeth regularly. While regular brushing and flossing are important, they’re not enough to maintain perfect oral health. The only way to ensure you never suffer from gum disease is to seek regular root planing and scaling treatment.

No matter how well you brush your own teeth, you can’t get rid of all the food particles stuck between your teeth. This is especially true if you have slightly misaligned teeth because the food particles can get stuck in deep recesses of your teeth that you can’t reach. Over time, these food particles turn into a white sticky substance known as plaque. Over time, this plaque hardens into a substance called tartar that’s almost impossible to remove on your own.

The accumulated plaque and tartar also invite bacterial infection. The accumulation of plaque and tartar, plus the increased level of bacteria in your mouth, leads to a number of dental issues, including gum disease and gingivitis. The accumulated plaque and tartar can lead to gum recession and the bacterial infection leads to tooth decay and gum disease.

Scaling and root planing is a “deep clean” of your teeth below the gumline. We first perform a periodontal examination to make sure that this is the best treatment for your needs. We inspect the condition of your gums and measure your periodontal pockets. We may also take images of the inside of your mouth so we can see the condition of your teeth and jaw bone below the gum line. If scaling and root planing is determined to be the best answer, we then move ahead with treatment.

Before we begin, we will administer a local anesthetic, which will keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. Scaling and root planing is a procedure that involves the use of specialized tools to remove buildup from below your gumline, including plaque, tartar (hardened plaque that cannot be removed at home), bacteria and other debris that has accumulated on the surfaces of your teeth.

After scaling and root planing is completed, we will allow your gums to heal for 4-6 weeks before performing a re-evaluation to assess how your gums have healed. Depending on the initial severity and healing of your periodontal disease, further surgical treatment may recommended at your re-evaluation appointment.

Benefits of Scaling and Root Planing

There are several benefits to scaling and root planing:

  • The procedure is minimally invasive (non-surgical).

  • The irritation and inflammation of your gums are eased.

  • Your gums will bleed less when you brush, and the procedure will improve bad breath.

  • With the treatment of inflammation in your gums, there will be a general improvement of inflammation throughout your whole body.
  • This procedure may cure periodontal disease (gum disease) if detected and performed early on in the disease process.

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