Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing
What is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
Scaling and root planings are deep cleanings performed by a licensed dental hygienist. The hygienist will clear away hardened debris from around the teeth as well as the small gingival pockets that have formed around them. These pockets typically develop as a result of gum disease. To prevent progression of the disease, we will recommend that you have a scaling and root planing performed.
Why might a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing be needed?
The most common reason for needing a scaling and root planing is because you have gum disease. Gum disease is typically caused by poor oral hygiene as well as infrequent trips into the office for cleanings. When the disease begins, small pockets form around the teeth as the gums begin to separate from the teeth themselves. To keep these pockets clean and free of debris, a deeper cleaning is necessary.
Who is a candidate for a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
Any patient who has gum disease is a good candidate for a scaling and root planing. To determine if you have gum disease, we can probe the pockets around your teeth. This is a painless examination that simply allows us to see the depth of the pocketing. If the pockets are over about 3mm deep, it may be a sign that you have gum disease and need treatment.
What happens during the Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing process?
The procedure begins with a local anesthetic that is used to numb one whole side of your mouth. Our hygienist then works to clear away tartar and heavy staining from the teeth using special scalers. The pockets are cleaned in the same manner using similar instruments. The hygienist then smooths the roots of the teeth so that the gums are more able to heal closely to them. You will be scheduled to come back in to have the other side of your mouth treated. Scaling and root planings are the best way to treat gum disease and prevent it from getting worse.
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.