What Is Root Planing and Scaling?
Root planing is a procedure that involves the smoothing of the root surfaces of the teeth to remove rough areas and prevent the buildup of bacteria.
Dental scaling is the removal of plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline, using dental instruments.
Are Scaling and Root Planing Worth It?
Scaling and root planing are often worth it for those with gum disease or who are at risk of developing gum disease. Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning procedure that removes plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth and gums, helping to prevent gum disease and tooth loss. The procedure can also help to improve the overall health of the gums, freshen breath, and reduce bleeding and inflammation. While scaling and root planing can be uncomfortable, it is typically a worthwhile investment in the long-term health of your teeth and gums. It’s important to discuss with your dentist whether scaling and root planing is right for you and how it fits into your overall dental health plan.
How Does a Deep Cleaning Work?
Depending on the condition of the gums, a dentist or dental hygienist may apply local anesthetic to minimize discomfort before beginning the deep cleaning. Then, an ultrasonic scaler will be used to remove plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline. The root surfaces of the teeth will also be smoothed to remove any rough areas that can trap bacteria and promote gum disease. In some cases, an antimicrobial rinse may be used to help kill bacteria and reduce the risk of infection.
Reasons for Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is performed for the following reasons:
- Treat gum disease: Scaling and root planing is used to treat gum disease, also known as periodontitis, by removing plaque and tartar buildup that can lead to inflammation and infection of the gums.
- Prevent tooth loss: By removing plaque and tartar buildup, scaling and root planing can help to prevent tooth loss and maintain the health of the gums.
- Improve health of the gums: Scaling and root planing can help to reduce bleeding, swelling, and inflammation of the gums, improving their overall health and appearance.
- Freshen breath: By removing plaque and tartar buildup, scaling and root planing can help to freshen breath and improve oral hygiene.
- Maintain good oral health: Regular scaling and root planing is an important part of maintaining good oral health and preventing gum disease.
What Do Scaling and Root Planing Treatments Involve?
Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning procedure that involves removing plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth and gums. During the procedure, a dentist or dental hygienist uses instruments to clean both the surface of the teeth and below the gumline. The gums are usually numbed with local anesthesia to minimise discomfort. After the procedure, the gums may be sore for a few days, but they should heal within a week. Scaling and root planing is an important part of maintaining good oral health and preventing gum disease.
How Often Do You Need Scaling and Root Planing?
The number of scaling and root planing treatments required can vary depending on the severity of gum disease and the individual’s overall oral health. For those with early-stage gum disease, one or two treatments may be sufficient. However, for those with more advanced gum disease, additional treatments may be necessary. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings can help to prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar, and can also allow for early detection and treatment of gum disease. It is important to maintain good oral hygiene and follow the recommendations of your dentist in order to keep your gums healthy and avoid the need for multiple scaling and root planing treatments.
Contact Us Today
Saddleback Dental Centre’s experienced dental professionals are dedicated to providing top-quality care, and we look forward to helping you maintain good oral health. Contact us today to schedule your scaling and root planing appointment and take the first step towards a healthier, happier smile.