What is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
A scaling and root planing is a deeper cleaning meant for patients with gum disease. As gum disease begins, the soft tissue of the gums begins to separate from the teeth. This causes small pockets, or craters, to form between the gums themselves and the teeth. It’s nearly impossible to keep these pockets cleaned properly, which is why a scaling and root planing is recommended.
Why is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing needed?
You will more than likely be advised to have a scaling and root planing if you have gum disease. This deeper cleaning helps to keep the disease from spreading and progressing. It is the first line of defense when it comes to your oral health. Because gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, it is recommended to have a deeper cleaning done on a regular schedule.
Who is a candidate for a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
To determine if you have gum disease, we simply check your gums and measure the small pockets around each of your teeth. Generally speaking, if these pockets are deeper than about 3mm, this could signal gum disease or other periodontal problems. If it’s found that you have gum disease, we will recommend that you have a scaling and root planing as soon as possible. This can prevent the disease from getting worse, having to go through gum surgery, and causing further issues to your dental health.
What happens during a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
We may or may not need local anesthetic to numb the area. Our hygienist will use special tools to remove tartar and plaque buildup from the surface of the teeth as well as slightly deeper below the gum line in those gingival pockets. The roots of the teeth are smoothed (planed) to both prevent bacterial adhesion as well as promote optimal healing of the gum tissue.
If you think you might need a scaling and root planing, call the office now at 858-350-9977, and our staff members can help you further.