Scaling and Root Planing
What is a Scaling and Root Planing?
Scaling and root planing, also known as deep cleaning, is a treatment that is done to remove plaque and calculus and then smoothing of the roots. A scaling and root planing involves removing heavy buildup and preventing the progression of gum disease. Gum disease is a lot more common than you might think. The disease causes pocketing around each tooth and can affect both the gums and the underlying bone. To prevent the disease from getting worse, we recommend a deep cleaning known as a scaling and root planing.
Why would someone need a Scaling and Root Planing?
The main reason someone would need a deep cleaning is because they have gum disease. Nearly half of all adults have some form of gum disease and if left untreated, it can cause loose, damaged teeth and underlying bone loss. If you’re looking to keep your teeth as healthy as possible, we recommend scaling and root planing. The procedure can be done in conjunction with other periodontal treatments.
Who is a candidate for a Scaling and root Planing?
We can determine if you have gum disease with a simple examination. The exam allows us to see if you have the disease and if so, how severe it currently is. You will want to come in for treatment as soon as possible after it’s been diagnosed that you have gum disease. You may also suspect that you have gum problems because they either hurt, are inflamed or they bleed when you brush your teeth.
What happens during the Scaling and root Planing?
We start by numbing an entire side of your mouth. The next step is for our hygienist to clear away all hardened plaque and buildup from the teeth. The hygienist then works further down below the gum line to remove bacteria and plaque. The gums are rinsed thoroughly and you’ll be set to head home. You will come back in to have the other side of your mouth treated in a similar manner.