Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing
What is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
A scaling and root planing, sometimes referred to as a deep cleaning, is performed by a hygienist to treat gum disease. When gum disease develops, small pockets form around your teeth as the soft tissue pulls away. These pockets become breeding grounds for bacteria and plaque, further infecting the gums and progressing the disease. The scaling and root planing works to clean out these gingival pockets and promote healthier, cleaner gums.
Why is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing needed?
A scaling and root planing is often needed if you have gum disease. Unlike a traditional cleaning, these deeper cleanings involve local anesthetic and only one half of the mouth will be cleaned at a time. This allows the hygienist to go deep into the gum pockets to clean them out. Patients with heavy tartar buildup may benefit from a scaling and root planing as well.
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Who’s a good candidate for a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
Patients with gum disease can and should be having regular scaling and root planing cleanings done. Not only is this cleaning essential to keeping your teeth free of hardened plaque and stains, but it can help in promoting better gum health. By having routine scaling and root planings done, you’ll be stopping the progression of gum disease and protecting your teeth. We can determine if you’ll need a scaling and root planing with a simple examination and gum check.
What happens during a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
We first administer local anesthetic on the side of the mouth that will be cleaned. The hygienist then works to remove the hardened plaque from your teeth. They will then go deeper below the gum line and into the small gingival pockets to clear out any debris and then smooth the roots of the teeth. Smoothing the roots helps to prevent bacteria from adhering to these areas and further infecting the gums. You will then be scheduled to come back in for a second appointment to have the other side of your mouth cleaned.
If you think you may need a periodontal scaling and root planing, call us now and we’ll work to get you in for an appointment at your earliest convenience.