Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing
What is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
A scaling and root planing is a deeper cleaning that aims to clear away debris from below the gum line. If you have gum disease, the gums will actually separate from the teeth. This causes pocketing to form between the gum and the tooth, which can become a breeding ground for bacteria and plaque. In order to clear out these pockets and prevent the spread of the infection, we can perform a deeper cleaning known as a scaling and root planing.
Why would a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing be needed?
The reason a deeper cleaning might be needed is because you have gum disease. Gum disease affects nearly half of all adults over the age of 30. If left untreated, gum disease can eventually lead to tooth loss. Because it is nearly impossible to clear out the gingival pocketing that has formed as a result of the gum disease, a deeper cleaning is an absolute necessity.
Who is a candidate for a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
There are a few ways for us to determine if you have gum disease. Most often, you’ll find that your gums bleed when brushing and flossing, and you may have persistent bad breath no matter what products you use. We will probe the gums around each tooth during an exam, which allows us to see how deep the pockets are that have formed as a result of the disease. If you have gum disease, it is important to treat it as soon as possible so that it does not get worse.
What happens during the Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing procedure?
The procedure begins with a local anesthetic that is used on one whole side of the mouth. This helps to make the cleaning more comfortable for you, since we will need to scrape below the gum line. Our hygienist then uses special tools to clear away bacteria and plaque from above and below the gum line. Once the teeth and gums are cleaned, the roots of the tooth are smoothed. You will then come back into the office to have the other side of your mouth treated.
If you think you might need a deeper cleaning, call us today to speak with one of our professional and friendly team members.