SHARON MIYAMOTO, DDS

Scaling and Root Planing

While there are a wide variety of procedures available to treat periodontal disease, we try to give patients a healthy smile with the least invasive method possible.
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical treatment method that is sometimes thought of as a deep cleaning.
Scaling: During this procedure, harmful agents such as plaque and bacteria are removed from the gum line around your tooth. An ultrasonic scaling tool is used along with a special antimicrobial spray is used.
Root Planing: Tartar deposits along with superficial tooth structure that could be invested with bacterial colonies are removed from the root of the tooth.
This procedure smooths the surface of a tooth so that bacteria cannot grow in the future.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need scaling and root planing?

If you have mild to moderate periodontal disease you may benefit from scaling and root planing therapy. Schedule an appointment to talk with Dr Miyamoto and determine if this procedure is appropriate for you.

What should I expect during a scaling and root planing?

Before starting a scaling and root planing procedure, a numbing rinse and a local anesthetic will be used to ensure you’re comfortable and at ease. We will use our specialized tools to remove the bacteria in the pocket as well as the surface of your teeth and exposed root surfaces. We may also prescribe antibiotics, and have you use a special mouthwash which helps to reduce the buildup of bacteria.
The procedure also protects you from tooth loss and some of the side effects of periodontal disease such as systemic involvement of your heart and respiratory systems, bad breath, stains on your teeth, and pain.