What is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
A scaling and root planing is typically needed to clean your teeth if you have gum disease. Gum disease is the number one cause for tooth loss in the world. It affects almost half of all adults over the age of 30. The scaling and root planing, which is sometimes referred to as a deeper cleaning, works to clean out the pockets of bacteria and buildup that have formed around the teeth as a result of gum disease.
Why is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing needed?
If you have gum disease, we may recommend that you have a scaling and root planing. Gum disease is defined as a separation from the soft tissue around the teeth. This causes pockets to form, which can be nearly impossible for you to clean on your own. The scaling and root planing is helpful in cleaning out these pockets to prevent further progression of the disease.