Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing
What is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
Gum disease affects nearly half of all otherwise healthy adults over the age of 30. Unfortunately, gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in the world. When gum disease begins, the soft tissues around the teeth begin to separate. This creates pocketing or cratering to form between gums and the teeth themselves. In order to clean these pockets, a periodontal scaling and root planing is required.
Why is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing needed?
It is nearly impossible for you to thoroughly clean the pocketing that has formed around each tooth affected by gum disease. Over time, debris and plaque can become lodged in these pockets. This further progresses the disease and can eventually lead to both tooth and bone loss. In order to prevent the disease from getting this bad, a deeper cleaning known as a scaling and root planing is the best option.
Who is a good candidate for a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
Any patient who has mild to moderate gum disease is a good candidate for a scaling and root planing. We are able to measure the pocketing depth around each tooth using a small dental instrument. In general, pocketing that is deeper than about 3mm is a signal that you have gum disease. It is best to have this particular procedure done in order to prevent the disease from getting worse.
What happens during a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
The first step to a deep cleaning is to numb one side of the mouth using a local anesthetic. The dental hygienist will then use special tools to scrape away any plaque and tartar from the teeth. The small pockets are then thoroughly cleaned out so that no plaque or debris is lodged in these small craters. The roots of the teeth are then smoothed to ensure that the gums are able to heal against the teeth more closely. You will then need to come in for a second appointment to have the other side of your mouth treated.
If you are ready to come into our office for a periodontal scaling and root planing, call us today to schedule a consultation appointment to be seen.