Scaling and Root Planing
While there are a wide variety of procedures available to treat periodontal disease, our practice aims to give patients a healthy smile with the least invasive and most budget-friendly method possible.
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical treatment method that is best thought of as a deep cleaning. During this procedure, plaque is removed from the gum line, along with dentin that could be invested with bacterial colonies.
After scaling the root planing procedure is performed. This procedure smooths the surface of a tooth so that bacteria cannot grow in the future. Once this procedure is complete, an antibiotic is typically given to patients to prevent additional growth.
Did you know…
The plaque that causes periodontal disease can only be removed by a professional cleaning from your dentist. It can, however, be prevented through proper brushing and flossing.
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. Schedule an appointment to talk with the dentist 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, the dentist will use a local anesthetic to ensure you’re comfortable and at ease. During this painless procedure, the dentist will scrape around your gums, as well as the surface of your teeth. They will also follow up by prescribing antibiotics, which helps to heal the persistent infection that is periodontitis.
Will I need to follow any special post-treatment care instructions?
After the procedure, you’ll want to follow the doctor’s post-care instructions exactly as they are prescribed. They’ll advise you on how to establish a healthy oral hygiene routine, avoiding bad habits, and how to get the most out of the procedure.