Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing

What is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?

Gum disease affects almost half of all adults over the age of 30. Unfortunately, it’s the number one cause of both tooth and oral bone loss in the world. Gum disease is completely preventable with good oral hygiene and routine trips into the dental office. A scaling and root planing is a type of cleaning done when you have gum disease. This deep cleaning helps to prevent the progression of the disease while helping the gums to heal naturally on their own.

Why would a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing be needed?

The reason a scaling and root planing may be needed is because you have mild to moderate gum disease. As gum disease begins, the gums begin to separate and pull away from the teeth. This causes small pockets or craters to form between the gum tissue and the teeth themselves. Bacteria, plaque, food and other debris can become lodged in these pockets, further infecting the gums and causing them to become red, inflamed and to bleed often.

What Is A Periodontal Scaling And Root Planing
Why Would A Periodontal Scaling And Root Planing Be Needed

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

Dr. Bloom and our team of dental professionals can examine your gums to check for signs of gum disease. In general, pocketing around the teeth that is deeper than 3mm is a sign that you have gum disease. In order to prevent the progression of the disease, we may recommend having a scaling and root planing done. The procedure is done by a licensed hygienist and is often performed in two appointments.

What happens during a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?

The first step is to numb one side of your mouth with a local anesthetic. The hygienist will then use the tools needed to scrape off any tartar, buildup and plaque from the teeth. Once the surface of the teeth are cleaned, the hygienist works deep underneath the gums to remove plaque and tartar that has built-up in the gingival pockets. The roots of the tooth are then smoothed, or planed, to prevent bacterial adhesion as well as to promote healing of the gum tissue. You will then come back into the office for the other side of your mouth to be treated in the same way.

If you think you might need a periodontal scaling and root planing, call our office today to speak with one of our staff members about the procedure as well as our low practice wait times.