Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing
What’s a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
A scaling and root planing can be thought of as a deeper dental cleaning. This type of cleaning is ideal for patients who suffer from gum disease. As gum disease progresses, pockets form around each of your teeth. These pockets eventually become breeding grounds for bacteria, plaque, and debris. The scaling and root planing is designed to clean out these pockets to help stop the spread of gum disease.
Why is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing needed?
We typically recommend a periodontal scaling and root planing to patients who have gum disease. This treatment is non-surgical in nature, and is performed in-office comfortably and quickly. The goal of the scaling and root planing is to keep the gingival pockets as clean as possible, so that gum disease is not allowed to progress. This is a type of periodontal treatment that is essential for maintaining the health of your gums.
What makes you a good candidate for a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
Before you can come in for a scaling and root planing, we need to determine if it’s necessary. Patients with gingivitis, and who do not have signs of early gum disease, may not require a deeper cleaning. However, if you have gum disease as well as heavy buildup on your teeth, we may advise that you have the cleaning done. The scaling and root planing is your first step at combating gum disease and protecting your smile.
What can you expect during a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
Dr. Patel will administer a local anesthetic so the scaling and root planing can be done more comfortably. A licensed hygienist then works to carefully clean around each of your teeth, as well as deep into the gingival pockets surrounding each tooth. The roots of the teeth are then smoothed using specialized instruments. This prevents bacteria from adhering to the roots, further infecting the bone and gums. You will be scheduled to come back for a second appointment to have the rest of your mouth professionally treated.
If you think you might need to have a scaling and root planing done, call our office and we’ll help in answering any of your questions.