Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing

This Deep Cleaning Helps to Stop the Overall Progression of Periodontal Disease.

What’s a Scaling and Root Planing?

Scaling and root planings are done when a patient has either gum disease or heavy plaque buildup on the teeth. The purpose of this deeper cleaning is to clean out the small pockets around each of your teeth. These pockets become breeding grounds for bacteria, debris and plaque, making them almost impossible to clean on your own. This deep cleaning helps to stop the overall progression of periodontal disease.

Why is a Scaling and Root Planing Needed?

We typically recommend a scaling and root planing to our patients who have gum disease. The cleaning is ideal for both mild to moderate gum disease, as it works to clean the deep pockets around the teeth. You will need to come into our practice often for routine periodontal care. Our licensed hygienist is the one who performs the scaling and root planing.

What Makes You a Viable Candidate for a Scaling and Root Planing?

During a routine examination and cleaning, our hygienist will measure the gum pockets around each of your teeth. If these pockets are larger than deemed normal, we will recommend a scaling and root planing. The procedure is again done by the hygienist, but local anesthesia is required since deeper cleaning is necessary. We aim to provide you with a comfortable experience in our office while receiving your periodontal care.

What Happens During the Procedure for a Scaling and Root Planing?

Our licensed hygienist will administer local anesthesia before the cleaning is started. The hygienist then begins to remove any hardened plaque buildup on the teeth. The pockets around the teeth are carefully cleaned using different types of tools and instruments. The roots of each tooth are planed, or smoothed, to prevent bacteria from sticking to them and infection the gums. This cleaning may be ideal for patients with heavy buildup, whether gum disease is present or not.

If you think you require a professional scaling and root planing, call us today and we’ll help to answer any questions you have regarding this procedure.

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