Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing

What is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?

A scaling and root planing is sometimes called a deep cleaning because it uses the same technique as a routine dental cleaning. The only difference is that the hygienist works slightly below the gum line to clear out the pockets that have formed around the teeth. These pockets form as a result of gum disease, which causes the gums to separate from the teeth. It’s nearly impossible for you to clean out these deep gingival pockets, so it’s important to have a scaling and root planing done.

Why would a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing be needed?

The reason you will need a scaling and root planing is because you have mild to moderate gum disease. If you fail to undergo treatment, the disease can and will progress over time. This can eventually lead to both tooth and bone loss, which can be detrimental to your smile and your oral health. A scaling and root planing is a simple procedure that is normally performed in two consecutive visits.

Woman With Gum Inflammation, Closeup
Why Would A Periodontal Scaling And Root Planing Be Needed

Who is a candidate for a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?

To determine if you have gum disease, we will perform an examination. This involves using a thin, painless probe to measure the pocketing around each tooth. If the pocketing is deeper than about 3mm, we will suggest gum disease treatment. By treating gum disease early on, you’re able to save your smile and prevent tooth loss.

What can be expected during a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?

The procedure begins with anesthetic that is used to numb one whole side of the mouth. The hygienist uses special tools, known as scalers, to clear away tartar and stains from above the gum line. Next, the scalers are used to clean slightly below the gum line in those gingival pockets. The roots of the teeth are carefully smoothed to allow the gums to heal more closely to the teeth themselves. You will then be scheduled to come in to have the other side of your mouth treated.

If you would like to schedule an appointment for a scaling and root planing, call us today so that we can get you in as soon as possible.