What is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
A scaling and root planing is designed to help treat gum disease. The procedure is performed by a hygienist, who removes plaque, debris and tartar from inside the gingival pockets that have formed around each tooth. If you have gum disease, small pockets form around the teeth, allowing a variety of bacteria and germs to get inside. It is nearly impossible to clean these pockets on your own, which is why a scaling and root planing is so beneficial.
Why is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing necessary?
Scaling and root planings are sometimes referred to as deeper cleanings because they go below the gum line. They are essential for patients who have mild to severe gum disease, as they help to prevent progression of the infection. If you suspect that you have gum disease or if your gums bleed regularly, you may need gum therapy scaling and root planing. Local anesthetic is for your comfort during the cleaning, as it requires the hygienist to go below the gum line.
What makes you a candidate for a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
Scaling and root planings are meant for patients who have gum disease. If you think you might have gum disease, we can check your gums to check for any signs of infection/inflammation, bleeding, and bone loss. By measuring your gum pockets, we can determine if you have gum disease or gingivitis. The benefits of a scaling and root planing are essential in preventing the progression of gum disease and bone loss. It can also benefit the whole body by reducing bacteria under the gums.
What happens during a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
We will first administer local anesthetic to numb the area that will be cleaned. The hygienist works to remove hardened plaque, tartar and debris from deep inside of the gingival pockets around the teeth. The roots of the teeth are then smoothed to prevent bacteria from adhering to them. Often times this treatment is provided over two visits. The scaling and root planing is scheduled with the hygienist for approximately one-two hours.
If you think you might need a scaling and root planing, call our office today and we can help in scheduling a convenient appointment for you.