Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing

Periodontal Scaling And Root Planing

What is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?

Periodontal (gum) disease affects almost half of all otherwise healthy adults over age 30. Because it’s one of the most common dental conditions, many who begin to develop the disease will need a deeper cleaning to stop the progression of the disease. A scaling and root planing involves cleaning the small pockets around each of your teeth. These pockets can become loaded with plaque, debris, and bacteria.

Why is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing needed?

You might need a scaling and root planing if you have gum disease. This deeper cleaning is performed by a licensed hygienist, who will work to carefully clean around and underneath the gums. With the help of a scaling and root planing, your gums will be healthier, and the disease will be less likely to progress. You will experience less bleeding when you brush and floss, as well as cleaner, fresher breath.

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

We can examine your teeth and gums to determine if you might need this type of cleaning. If the pockets around your teeth are deeper than about 3 mm, this could signal that there is gum disease. It is important to have the cleaning done as soon as possible to prevent progression of the disease. You will benefit from a cleaner and healthier smile, as well as healthier gums.

What happens during a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?

One side of your mouth will be numbed to make the procedure comfortable for you. The hygienist then uses special tools calls scalers to clean around and underneath the teeth. The roots of the teeth are smoothed to promote even, efficient healing of the gums. You will then need to come back into the office to have the other side of the mouth treated in the same way. Treating gum disease can prevent eventual tooth and bone loss that is a result of the disease itself.

If you think you might require a scaling and root planing, call us today and we can get you in for an appointment.


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Amin Salvi Dental
Is Now Open!

The last few months have been challenging for all of us. We have missed seeing you, chatting with you, sharing stories with you and laughing with you. We are SO excited to finally be able to invite you back to our office!

As you already know, Amin Salvi Dental does not cut corners on safety and technology. We have always prided ourselves in exceeding the recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for infection control measures. During this closure, we decided to go above and beyond that by adding further safety measures, which have been outlined below. The comfort and safety of our patients, of our team members, and of our own families remain our top priority.

  • All essential paperwork (including a COVID-19 screening form) along with financial agreements are to be done prior to your appointment. We will be texting and emailing the links for the forms to be filled out at home or on your mobile device. If you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or feel ill, please reschedule your appointment and call your physician.
  • When you arrive for your appointment, please wait in the car and text or call the office. We will inform you when to enter the office so we can maintain social distancing protocols
  • When entering the office, it is mandatory to wear a mask or face covering. Although county guidelines are not as strict, we maintain this requirement for the safety of everyone. Due to a worldwide shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) we cannot provide masks. Should you require one, we will charge you $1 for the mask.
  • Patients must arrive to their appointment alone without family/friends. A single guardian will be allowed for minors, elderly and those with special needs or requirements.
  • We will be taking your temperature when arriving to our office and recording this in your records.

Here are a few additional things we are doing to keep everyone safe and healthy:

  • We have installed air purification systems in the main operatories
  • We have installed sneeze guards at the check-in and check-out areas. We request that when you are required to talk to the front desk administration, you stand behind those.
  • Before appointments, we will use a medical peroxide pre-rinse which has been proven to help kill virus particles

We will have new scheduling guidelines

You will be hearing from us shortly as we are rescheduling routine hygiene and treatment for everyone. As you can imagine, we have a large backlog of cancelled appointments so we appreciate your patience through this process.

If you have any immediate concerns, we request not to call the office but text us at the office number or email us at

Due to the new protocols for physical distancing in the office, we may have limited availability of appointments. Due to this we require a minimum 48 hour notice to cancel or reschedule your appointment to avoid a cancellation fee. This allows other patients, who have been waiting, to be seen. Please be courteous to others.

For many procedures we will also be requiring a reservation fee in advance. This fee will be applied to your deductible or co-pay for the treatment and is not an additional fee of any kind.

We look forward to seeing all of you and catching up on the activities you have been doing to keep busy during this downtime!

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