Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing

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What is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?

Gum disease is one of the leading oral-related problems that affects one in every other adult over the age of 30. Gum disease occurs when bacteria causes pockets to form around each tooth. These pockets eventually get larger, pulling the soft gum tissue away from the teeth and allowing for more bacteria to become lodged inside the pocketing. A scaling and root planing involves cleaning out these pockets and smoothing the roots of the tooth so that the gums have a chance to heal.

Why is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing needed?

A scaling and root planing is normally needed if you have gum disease. The procedure is ideal for patients with mild to moderate gum disease. It is best to come in for regular deep cleanings to ensure that those small pockets are kept clean to prevent progression of the disease. The cleaning is normally done in two consecutive appointments to treat both sides of your mouth.

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

To determine if you might need a scaling and root planing, we’ll perform an examination and check the health of your gums. We will measure the pockets around each of your teeth and any pockets that measure more than 3mm could signal gum disease. If you have gum disease, it is important to make time to come in for these deeper cleanings so that the condition does not progress.

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What happens during a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?

We first apply anesthetic to numb the area being treated. Our licensed hygienist then works to clean the teeth as well as underneath the gum line. The roots of the teeth are then smoothed, or “planed”, to promote quick and even healing of the soft gum tissue. You will then be scheduled to come back in to have the other side of your mouth treated in the same way. The scaling and root planing typically takes about an hour for each visit in our office.

 

If you think you might need a scaling and root planing, we will schedule you to come in for a consultation appointment and exam.