Scaling and Root Planing

Most people need a deep cleaning for their teeth, a process known also as root planing and scaling. These non-surgical procedures aim to remove etiological agents like dental plaque and tartar, which can cause gingivitis and other diseases. This technique is non-surgical and involves no cutting or drilling. Your dentist may prescribe a deep cleaning when one is diagnosed with the first stage of gum disease, since routine cleaning only includes scraping plaque off the teeth.

A dentist must clear the infection of gingivitis to encourage safe re-attachment of the gum to avoid the gum infection from developing into periodontitis. For this purpose, a deep cleaning further cleans the gums to precisely remove the bacterial infection where a toothbrush cannot go.

What else is important to know about scaling and root planing?

The Scaling and Root Planing Process

Your dentist and hygienist work together during the evaluation process to give a detailed review which often involves X-Rays. They also look at your gum tissue to test the strength of your pocketing around your teeth. Next, your dentist will apply a local anesthetic after determining your problem or disease to prevent pain and keep you safe during the operation.

First, is the procedure 's scaling component. It will include scraping tartar and plaque from both your teeth and the gum lining around it. The subsequent move is to plane the root. Using a metal tool to clean your gum line thoroughly, the dentist removes any residue that has been pushed deep into your gums and the base of your roots. Dentists smooth out any rough areas on the enamel weakened by the infection.

Likely, a follow up to reevaluate the gum tissues will be recommended to ensure proper healing.

After Scaling and Root Planing

Teeth scaling and root planning will likely take you to your dentist for more than one occasion. You may be told by your dentist to return for a follow-up appointment to confirm the treatment worked. Once your teeth are scaled and planed you can resume your normal oral care routine, which means brushing your teeth at least three times a day and flossing daily. You should always follow a healthy, balanced diet, and see your dentist for routine cleaning to prevent the return of the disease.

You would benefit from being on a periodontal maintenance cleaning schedule, coming back in for regular cleanings every three or four months instead of the standard every six months cleaning.

It is recommended:

  1. Do not use pain medication.
  2. Brush and floss your teeth like normally.
  3. Use a warm water rinse if required.

Scaling and planing can have many parodontal benefits if the treatment is successful. One benefit is that it will help avoid disease. Research has shown that bacteria from periodontal infections can pass through the bloodstream, affecting other areas, occasionally even causing heart and respiratory problems. Bacteria that cause these conditions are removed by scaling and root planing. It’s a health win for your teeth and your whole body