What is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
A scaling and root planing is a procedure that involves cleaning buildup off of the teeth as well as slightly below the gum line. This is often needed if a patient has mild to moderate gum disease. As gum disease develops, the gums will begin to separate from the teeth. This causes pocketing to form between the teeth and the gums, making it difficult to keep these areas clean.
Why might a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing be needed?
The reason you might need a scaling and root planing is because you have periodontal (gum) disease. Nearly half of all adults have some form of gum disease. Unfortunately, this disease can eventually lead to both tooth and underlying bone loss. In order to prevent the disease from progressing, we will perform a deep cleaning, known as a scaling and root planing.
Who is a candidate for a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
To determine if you have gum disease, we will insert a thin, painless probe between the gums and the teeth. If the pocketing in these areas is deeper than about 3mm, we may suggest a deeper cleaning. Other signs to look for include bleeding gums, persistent bad breath and gum recession. If you suspect that you have gum disease, be sure to come into the office for an examination.
What happens during the procedure for a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
The procedure for a scaling and root planing will begin with a local anesthetic. This is used to numb one whole side of your mouth. The hygienist then uses special tools, known as scalers to remove dirt from above the gum line and slightly below the gums. Once the pocketing has been cleaned, the roots of the teeth are smoothed to improve the gums’ ability to heal against them. You will then be scheduled to come back 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.