<b>What is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?</b>
A scaling and root planing is often referred to as a deeper dental cleaning. This is because our hygienist will clear away debris and buildup from both above and below the gum line. The cleaning is specifically designed for patients who have gum disease. The disease causes the gums to separate from the teeth, leading to pocketing that becomes infected by plaque and bacteria. The best way to get these pockets clean is with a deep dental cleaning.
<b>Why would you need a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?</b>
The reason you would need a scaling and root planing is because you have gum disease. This particular condition is incredibly common, affecting almost half of all adults over the age of 30. It can lead to tooth loss, bone loss and other oral-related health problems. In order to prevent the disease from progressing, we recommend having a deep dental cleaning performed in our office.
<b>Who is a good candidate for a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?</b>
There are a few signs to look for that could signal an issue with gum disease. These include bad breath, swollen and red gums as well as bleeding when brushing, flossing and even eating. In our office, we check for gum disease by performing a gum health check. We use a painless probe that essentially measures the depth of the pockets around each tooth.
<b>What happens during a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?</b>
We will begin by numbing one side of the mouth with a local anesthetic. Our hygienist then clears away tartar buildup and debris from both above as well as below the gum line. The roots of the teeth are smoothed to help the gums heal more closely to them. The entire procedure takes about an hour in our office. You will then need to come back in for the other side of your mouth to be treated. You can benefit from having healthier and less irritated gums that are free of disease and infection.
If you think you might need a scaling and root planing, call our office today so that we can help to answer your questions and get you in for an appointment.