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Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing

With the help of a scaling and root planing, these pockets are cleaned in an attempt to both slow and stop the spread of disease.

What is a professional Scaling and Root Planing?

A professional scaling and root planing is necessary when you have gum disease. When gum disease is present, small pockets form around the affected teeth. These pockets begin breeding grounds for bacteria, plaque and debris that is virtually impossible to remove on your own. With the help of a scaling and root planing, these pockets are cleaned in an attempt to both slow and stop the spread of disease.

Why is a professional Scaling and Root Planing needed?

Normally, a professional scaling and root planing is recommended if you have mild to moderate gum disease. However, it’s not uncommon to be told that you need this particular type of deeper cleaning if it has been awhile since your last dental appointment and if you have a lot of buildup on your teeth. The procedure takes less than one hour in our practice and requires just local anesthetic.

What makes you a viable candidate for a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?

Most patients who need a scaling and root planing can and should have the cleaning done. The procedure is meant to clean the gingival pockets that have developed around the teeth. By keeping these pockets clean, you’re treating the periodontal disease and preventing it from progressing. Because only local anesthetic is needed, it’s an ideal choice for most patients.

What can be expected with a professional Scaling and Root Planing?

You will initially receive a local anesthetic on just one side of the mouth. This allows the hygienist to work on both the upper and lower teeth on just that side and prevents the whole mouth from being numb at once. The hygienist then begins to clean into and under this pockets and remove debris and hardened plaque. The roots of the affected teeth are smoothed to prevent bacteria from attaching and further infecting the gums and bone. You will then be scheduled with an appointment to come back in for the other side of the mouth to be treated.

If you think you might need a professional scaling and root planing or want to know more about this procedure, call our office so that one of our staff members can answer your questions.