Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing

What is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?

A scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning that is performed in our office by a licensed dental hygienist. This type of cleaning is specifically designed for patients who have mild to moderate gum disease. As the disease begins to progress, the gums will start to separate from the teeth. This causes pocketing to form around the teeth, which becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. To keep these pockets clean and prevent the progression of the disease, a scaling and root planing is performed.

Why might a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing be needed?

If you fail to treat gum disease, it can and will eventually get worse. Unfortunately, nearly half of all otherwise healthy adults over the age of 30 has gum disease to some degree. Left untreated, the disease can eventually lead to tooth and bone loss. In order to prevent the disease from progressing, we’ll perform a deep cleaning to help the gums heal on their own.

What Is A Periodontal Scaling And Root Planing
Why Might A Periodontal Scaling And Root Planing Be Needed

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

Some of the signs associated with gum disease include persistent bad breath, bleeding gums and gum recession. To determine if you have gum disease, we’ll use a thin and painless probe to measure the pockets around each tooth. If these pockets are reasonably deep, we may suggest a scaling and root planing. The procedure is often done in two consecutive appointments to prevent your whole mouth from being numb.

What happens during a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?

We begin by administering a local anesthetic to numb one whole side of your mouth. This makes the cleaning more comfortable for you while it is being done. The hygienist then works to remove heavy tartar buildup from the teeth. The pocketing around the teeth are thoroughly cleaned out of any debris and bacteria. The roots of the teeth are then smoothed (planed) so that the gums have a chance to heal more closely against them. You will then need to come in to have the other side of your mouth cleaned in a similar way.

If you would like to come into our office to discuss having a scaling and root planing done, call us today so that we can schedule you with an appointment.