PERIODONTAL SCALING AND ROOT PLANING

A scaling and root planing is sometimes called a deep cleaning.

Overview

What is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?

A scaling and root planing is sometimes called a deep cleaning. This type of cleaning is performed by a registered hygienist who will clean both the top portion of your teeth as well as slightly below the gum line. If you have gum disease, small pockets form around the teeth themselves, allowing bacteria and debris to become lodged into these crevices. In order to clear out these gingival pockets and prevent progression of the disease, we can perform a scaling and root planing.

Why would a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing be needed?

The hygienist uses special tools, known as scalers, to clear away debris from above the teeth. These scalers are then used slightly below the gum line to clear out the pocketing that has formed. The roots of the tooth are carefully smoothed to prevent adhesion of bacteria as well as promote optimal healing of the gums. You will then be scheduled to come in to have the other side of your mouth treated in the exact same manner.

If you think you might need a scaling and root planing, call our office today to schedule an appointment to come in for an exam and consultation.

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

To determine if you may need a scaling and root planing, we will perform a gum health check. This check involves using a safe and painless probe to measure the pocketing around each tooth. If the pocketing is deeper than about 3mm, we may suggest that you have a scaling and root planing done. This procedure is ideal for patients who have a lot of heavy buildup and who may not have been to the dentist for several years.

What happens during the Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing process?

The hygienist uses special tools, known as scalers, to clear away debris from above the teeth. These scalers are then used slightly below the gum line to clear out the pocketing that has formed. The roots of the tooth are carefully smoothed to prevent adhesion of bacteria as well as promote optimal healing of the gums. You will then be scheduled to come in to have the other side of your mouth treated in the exact same manner.

If you think you might need a scaling and root planing, call our office today to schedule an appointment to come in for an exam and consultation.