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 for patients with gum disease. Gum disease occurs when the gums become inflamed and infected. The soft tissue begins to separate from the teeth, causing pocketing to form between the teeth and the gums. In order to keep these pockets cleaned of debris to stop the progression of the disease, a scaling and root planing is needed.
Why is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing needed?
If you have gum disease, we’ll often recommend that you have a scaling and root planing done in our office. The procedure is sometimes known as a deep cleaning because it is performed by a hygienist who uses the same tools as a typical cleaning. The only difference between a scaling and root planing in comparison to a regular cleaning is that the instruments used will go further underneath the gum line and the roots of the teeth are smoothed (planed) to promote adequate healing of the gum tissue.
Who is a candidate for a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
Patients with mild to moderate gum disease will often benefit from a scaling and root planing. If your gum disease is severely advanced, other procedures may be recommended. To determine if you have gum disease, we can measure the pockets around your teeth. In general, pocketing that is deeper than about 3mm signals gum disease that requires professional treatment.
What happens during the procedure for a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
We begin by administering a local anesthetic to the one side of the mouth being treated. Our hygienist then works to scrape off any tartar and heavy buildup from the teeth. The dental instruments are then used slightly below the gum line to clean out any debris and plaque. The roots of the teeth are smoothed and shaped to both prevent bacterial adhesion as well as better healing of the soft gum tissue. We will schedule you 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 and we can get you in for an appointment as soon as possible.