Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing
What is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
A scaling and root planing is a deeper cleaning that is meant to treat gum disease. If you have gum disease, you’re not alone. Nearly half of all adults over age 30 have gum disease. When the disease begins, the gums will separate from the teeth, leaving crevices and pockets between the teeth and the gums themselves. In order to clean out these deep pockets, a scaling and root planing is necessary.
Why might a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing be needed?
The main reason for needing a scaling and root planing is because you have gum disease. If you leave gum disease untreated, it can and will eventually lead to tooth and bone loss. This is due to the fact that it is nearly impossible to clean the gingival pockets around each tooth, which further progresses the infection. This deep cleaning is best for patients who have mild to more moderate periodontal disease.
Who is a candidate for a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
There are many different signs to look for that could indicate that you have gum disease. Your gums may bleed when you brush and floss, or you might have persistent bad breath no matter how many gums or mints you chew. You might even begin to notice that some of your teeth feel loose or you have gum recession. With a simple, painless gum check, we can help to measure the pocketing around your teeth to check for signs of gum disease.
What happens during the Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing process?
We will numb one whole side of your mouth. The hygienist then uses regular dental instruments, known as scalers, to clear away heavy debris. The scalers are then used to clean out the pockets around the teeth, slightly below the gum line. The roots of the teeth are scraped smooth so that the gums can heal more easily against them. You will then be scheduled to come in for a second appointment for the other side of your mouth to be treated. Each appointment will take about an hour in our office.
If you would like to come into our office for a scaling and root planing, call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our staff members.