Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing

A periodontal scaling and root planing is typically done on patients who have gum disease.

What is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?

A periodontal scaling and root planing is typically done on patients who have gum disease. The cleaning is performed by a licensed hygienist who works to remove hardened plaque and calculus from both the upper surface of the teeth as well as in the gum pockets that have formed around each tooth. When you have gum disease, large pockets begin to form around the teeth, which harbor bacteria and plaque. This needs to be removed using a specialized dental cleaning known as a scaling and root planing.

Why is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing needed?

Most often, we recommend a scaling and root planing to patients who have mild, moderate or advanced gum disease. The purpose of the cleaning is to clean in the gum pockets that form around the teeth. The hygienist then smooths the surface of the roots, making it more difficult for germs and bacteria to adhere to the surface. This process helps to prevent gum disease from progressing and getting worse.

What makes you a good candidate for a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?

You are a good candidate for a scaling and root planing if you have gum disease. We may recommend this cleaning if it’s been a long time since you’ve been to see a dentist. You will first come into our office for an exam by Dr. Adkins, who will be able to determine if you’d benefit from a deeper cleaning. The procedure is typically done in two appointments, since local anesthetic is required.

What happens during a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?

You will first receive local anesthetic to numb one side of your mouth. The hygienist then works to remove calculus and hardened tartar from around the teeth and in the gum pockets. The pockets are rinsed and cleaned with medication. The roots of the teeth are then smoothed to prevent bacterial adhesion. You will then be scheduled to come back in and have the other side of your mouth professionally cleaned. The procedure takes less than an hour in our office and is a great step to preventing the progression of gum disease.

If you think you may need a periodontal scaling and root planing, call our office and our staff members can get you scheduled with an appointment.