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.