What is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
As gum disease develops, tiny pockets will form around the teeth, allowing bacteria and plaque to become lodged in these areas. It can be difficult, or nearly impossible, to clean out these pockets on your own, which will lead to the disease eventually progressing. A scaling and root planing is done by a licensed hygienist, and focuses on cleaning out these small pockets and prevent progression of gum disease. The procedure, which is sometimes referred to as a deep cleaning, is normally done in two appointments.
Why is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing needed?
A scaling and root planing is normally needed when you have gum disease. The procedure will help to prevent the disease from further progressing, and can help the gums to heal naturally on their own, over time. Scaling and root planings are ideal for patients with mild to moderate gum disease, who would benefit from this type of cleaning. An exam can determine if you need, and will benefit from, a deep cleaning.
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What makes you a good candidate for a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
The majority of patients with gum disease are good candidates for the actual procedure. An exam that checks the health of your gums will help to determine if you have gum disease, and at what stage the disease currently is. The procedure is aimed at patients with mild to moderate periodontal disease. More severe cases may require periodontal surgery in order to treat the condition.
What happens during a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
One side of your mouth will be numbed using a local anesthetic. The teeth are then thoroughly cleaned by the hygienist, who will clean deep into the gingival pockets around the teeth. The roots are smoothed so that bacteria is unable to adhere to these areas. You will be scheduled to come in at another time for the other side of your mouth to bed deep cleaned. You may need to come in several times to have a scaling and root planing in order to maintain and treat your periodontal disease.
If you think you might need a scaling and root planing, call us today and we can get you in for an appointment.