Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing

What is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?

A scaling and root planing is sometimes referred to as a deeper dental cleaning. It is performed by a licensed hygienist, who cleans not only the tooth’s surface, but deep below the gum line into the gingival pockets. A scaling and root planing is often done for patients who have gum disease, since the disease causes small pockets to form around each of the teeth. The cleaning aims to clean these pockets and help the gums start to heal, preventing progression of the disease.

Why is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing needed?

Most often, a scaling and root planing is needed because a patient has periodontal (gum) disease. When you have gum disease, small pockets form around the teeth, giving bacteria and plaque a place to build up. It is very difficult to keep these pockets clean on your own, even with twice-daily brushing. If the pockets aren’t kept cleaned, the disease progresses, and can eventually lead to tooth and bone loss.

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What makes you a good candidate for a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?

To determine if you will need a scaling and root planing, it’s important to first come in for a regular dental checkup. During this appointment, we will check the health of your gums by measuring the pockets around each tooth. If the measurements read above 3mm, this could be a sign that you have gingivitis or gum disease. In this case, we may recommend routine scaling and root planing cleanings to help prevent progression of the disease.

What happens during a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?

You will be greeted by our hygienist who will begin by getting you seated in one of our comfortable rooms. We will administer local anesthetic to one side of the mouth to make the procedure more comfortable for you. The hygienist then uses a series of tools, known as scalers, to carefully clean each tooth and deep into the gingival pockets. The roots of the teeth are smoothed to prevent bacterial adhesion and progression of the disease. You will need to come in for a second appointment to have the other side of your mouth cleaned using the same technique.

If you think you might need a scaling and root planing or simply want to learn more about this procedure, call our office today and we will work to get you in for an appointment.