What is Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
Periodontal scaling and root planing involves removing hardened plaque and tartar from both the surface of the tooth as well as deep into the gingival pockets. When you have gingivitis or gum disease, small pockets form around the teeth. These pockets can become a literal breeding ground for bacteria and decay. Over time, the bacteria begins to eat away at the gum tissue and underlying bone, causing tooth loss. A scaling and root planing is designed to stop the spread of this bacteria to keep teeth and gums healthy.
Why might you need a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
The most common reason for needing a scaling and root planing is because you have gingivitis or periodontal disease. For other patients, they may be advised to have a scaling and root planing done because they have an excess of buildup on their teeth. The purpose of the scaling and root planing is to keep the teeth and gums healthy and free of excessive buildup. We can determine at your next appointment if you would benefit from a scaling and root planing.
What makes you a candidate for Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
If you have periodontal disease or the start of gingivitis, you may be advised to have a scaling and root planing done. This procedure is meant to stop the spread of bacteria that eventually eats away at the gum tissue and bone. Regular scaling and root planing can quite literally save your teeth and prevent both tooth and bone loss. The procedure is done quickly and easily by our licensed dental hygienist.
What can you expect with Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
The area that will receive the scaling and root planing will be numbed to make the procedure much more comfortable for you. Oftentimes, we work on one side of the mouth at a time for a total of two appointments. Any calculus, tartar and buildup is scraped from the crowns of the teeth. Next, careful attention is paid when going into the gingival pockets of the tooth. Any buildup and bacteria is removed from these areas. The roots of the tooth are then smoothed to prevent bacterial adhesion. You will then be scheduled for the other side of your mouth to have a scaling and root planing.
If you think you may need a periodontal scaling and root planing, we’re here to take your call and schedule an appointment for you to be seen.