Deep Cleaning (Scaling & Root Planing)
A scaling and root planing (also known as a Deep Cleaning) is helpful in stopping the spread of gum disease. As gum disease develops, and is allowed to get worse, small pockets form around each tooth. These pockets become breeding grounds for bacteria, germs, and plaque, which further aggravate the soft tissue and the spread of the disease. Gum disease can be treated with routine scaling and root planings, which work to clean deep in these gingival pockets.
Why is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing needed?
A scaling and root planing is often needed if you have mild to moderate gum disease. Treatment is easy, effective, and normally done in two appointments. With the help of routine deep cleanings, you can experience healthier gums and more solid teeth. After all, gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss, and can even cause issues with bone loss over time.
What happens during a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
You will receive local anesthetic to make the procedure more comfortable for you. Next, the hygienist will use special instruments, called scalers, to go deep into the gingival pockets around each tooth. These pockets are thoroughly cleaned, and the roots of the tooth smoothed to prevent further bacterial adhesion. We normally do a scaling and root planing on just one side of the mouth to prevent the entire mouth from being numb. You will be scheduled to come in for your second appointment to complete the cleaning.
If you think you might need a periodontal scaling and root planing, or just want to learn more about this procedure, call our office today and we will schedule an appointment for you.