Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing

What is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?

A scaling and root planing is a type of cleaning that is meant for people who have gum disease. When gum disease begins to develop, small pockets form around the teeth as the soft tissue separates from the tooth’s surface. These pockets can fill with bacteria and plaque that is almost impossible to remove on your own. A scaling and root planing cleans out these small pockets and smooths the roots of the teeth to help the gums heal.

Why is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing needed?

The reason you will need a scaling and root planing is because you have mild to moderate gum disease. The disease can and will progress over time without the right treatment. In time, gum disease can lead to both tooth as well as bone loss where it is found. To prevent this from happening, we recommend having a scaling and root planing performed.

Who is a candidate for a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?

Most patients who have gum disease are good candidates for this deep cleaning. To determine if you have gum disease, we will use a thin, painless probe to measure the pocketing around each tooth. If the pocketing is deeper than about 3mm, this is often a sign that you have gum disease and require treatment. It is best to have a deep cleaning done as soon as possible to prevent progression of the disease.

What happens during a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?

The periodontal scaling and root planing will begin with a simple local anesthetic. We often treat one side of the mouth at a time to prevent your entire mouth from being numb. Our dental hygienist will then use special tools, known as scalers, to clear away tartar and debris from above the teeth and below the gum line. The roots of the teeth are then smoothed so that the gums are able to heal closely to them. You will then be scheduled to come in to have the other side of your mouth treated in the exact same way.

If you would like to come into our office to learn more about a periodontal scaling and root planing, call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our staff members.