Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing
What is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
A scaling and root planing is a procedure that involves cleaning the teeth and going slightly below the gum’s surface. This is often needed when a patient has mild to moderate gum disease. Gum disease is marked by a separating of the gums from the teeth. Small pockets form, allowing dirt, debris and plaque to become lodged in these areas. The only way to clean these pockets is with a professional scaling and root planing, or deep cleaning.
Why would a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing be needed?
The reason you may need a scaling and root planing is because you have gum disease. Gum disease affects almost half of all adults over the age of about 30. Unfortunately, it’s the number one cause of tooth loss in the world. To prevent the disease from getting worse, a deeper cleaning can be performed by our licensed hygienist.
Who is a candidate for a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
Dr. Sylvie Lam will examine your teeth to determine if you might need a scaling and root planing. Your gums will be checked for signs of gum disease using a thin probe-like device. This probe measures the pocketing around each tooth. Most pocketing that is over 3mm deep signals periodontal disease or gingivitis.
What happens during a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
The procedure will begin with a local anesthetic that is used to numb one entire side of your mouth. The hygienist will then use special tools to clear away tartar and debris from the teeth. These tools are then used to go slightly below the gum line and into the gingival pockets that have formed. The roots of the teeth are smoothed to prevent bacterial adhesion of the area. You will then be scheduled to come back in for a second appointment to have the other side of your mouth treated in the same way.
If you think you might need a scaling and root planing, call us today and we can get you into our comfortable, spa-like office for an appointment.