Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing
What is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
A scaling and root planing is sometimes referred to as a deep cleaning. The procedure is most often done on patients who have gum disease. Gum disease is marked by a separating of the soft tissue from the teeth themselves. The small pockets that form between the teeth and gums need to be thoroughly cleaned by a hygienist via a scaling and root planing.
Why is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing needed?
You may require a scaling and root planing if you have gum disease. In order to get and keep these gingival pockets as clean as possible, they need to be cleaned properly by a hygienist. The method to clean the teeth is similar to a regular dental cleaning, but the hygienist will use the tools to go slightly underneath the gum line. This helps to prevent the disease from progressing and getting to the point of both tooth and bone loss.
Who is a candidate for a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
To check for gum disease, we will use a simple dental probe that measures the pocketing around each tooth. If the pocketing is deeper than about 3mm, we may recommend a scaling and root planing. If you have gum disease, this type of cleaning is essential for protecting your smile and preventing future problems. Our goal is to provide you with a full, healthy smile with the help of periodontal treatment.
What happens during the Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing procedure?
The procedure begins with a local anesthetic that is administered to just one side of the mouth. This numbs the area and makes the cleaning more comfortable. Our hygienist then uses special tools to clear away tartar and plaque from above the gums as well as below the gum line. The roots are smoothed to allow the gums to heal more closely to the teeth. The procedure is finished once all of the teeth have been cleaned and smoothed. You will be scheduled to come in to have the other side of your mouth treated in the same way.
If you think you might need a scaling and root planing, call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our team members. We have discount plans, low wait times and convenient snacks and beverages to improve your time with us.