Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing
What is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
A scaling and root planing is a cleaning that is performed by a registered dental hygienist. This cleaning works to clear away debris, plaque and bacteria from underneath the gum line. It is often needed if you have mild to moderate gum disease. As gum disease begins and progresses, the gums will begin to separate from the teeth, causing pocketing to form. These pockets need to be thoroughly and professionally cleaned out to prevent the disease from progressing.
Why would a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing be needed?
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss around the world. Unfortunately, it’s a lot more common than you might think, with nearly half of all adults having it to some degree. If you have gum disease, the pocketing that forms around your teeth is nearly impossible to clean on your own. For this reason, a scaling and root planing is needed to clean these areas.
Who is a candidate for a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
We can check your gums for signs of gingivitis or gum disease by using a simple, painless probe. This probe measures the pocketing around the teeth. If these gingival pockets are deeper than about 3mm, we may recommend that you have a deep cleaning done. If you need a scaling and root planing, it is important that you have it done as soon as possible to prevent the periodontal disease from getting worse.
What happens during the treatment process of a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
We begin by numbing an entire side of your mouth. The hygienist then uses professional tools to clean above the gums and slightly below the gum’s surface. The roots of the teeth are smoothed to improve adhesion of the gums once they’ve been given time to heal. The process is repeated at a second appointment to treat the other side of your mouth. You will find that a scaling and root planing is a simple and effective procedure when it comes to treating gum disease.
If you’d like to know more about scaling and root planings, call our office today so that we can get you in as soon as feasibly possible.