Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing
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.
Who is a candidate for a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
To determine if you have gum disease, we will use a small probe to measure the gum pockets around your teeth. In general, pockets that are deeper than about 3mm are a sign of gum disease. When gum disease is present, we will create a personalized periodontal treatment that will help you achieve a healthier smile. A scaling and root planing can help to prevent the gum disease from getting worse, which can eventually result in tooth and bone loss if left untreated.
What happens during a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
A scaling and root planing will start with local anesthetic to numb one side of your mouth. The hygienist will then use special tools to clean the teeth of heavy buildup and tartar, as well as the pockets around each tooth. Once the teeth and gingival pockets are clean, the hygienist smooths the roots of the teeth to improve the gums’ ability to heal back against the teeth, thus closing the pockets and preventing progression of the disease. You will be scheduled to come back in for a second appointment to have the other side of the mouth treated in the same way.
If you think you may need a scaling or root planing, call us today to schedule an appointment. We have extended office hours to make scheduling your appointments more convenient.