Scaling & Root Planing
Treat and reverse the effects of gum disease.
Periodontal (gum) disease is a leading cause of adult tooth loss. Inflamed gum tissue is an early sign that your teeth, tissue, and supportive bone could be at risk.
The bacteria within dental plaque feed on the acid in the foods you eat. If left untreated, this process can cause the development of gum disease.
Your six-month dental check-up and professional teeth cleaning are essential for your oral health. There’s a supportive treatment that you will require if gum disease is present.
Treat your periodontal (gum) disease with scaling and root planing.
- Scaling removes tartar and plaque from your tooth surfaces.
- Root planing smooths your tooth surfaces and helps eliminate plaque beneath the gum line and in hard-to-reach areas around your tooth roots.
How does your scaling and root planing procedure work to treat your gum disease?
For scaling, we use dental hand instruments, an ultra-sonic device, or both. Your procedure begins with an examination and is followed by the use of an ultrasonic device. The careful sonic “vibrations” remove the plaque bacteria and tartar build-up from your tooth surfaces and beneath your gum line.
Root planing focuses on your tooth’s root surfaces. The procedure reduces the inflammation in your gum tissue and eliminates plaque and bacteria buildup.
After your scaling and root planing procedure:
- If an anesthetic was used, avoid chewing until the numbness is gone and chew on the opposite side of your mouth.
- Postpone eating for two hours and eat a soft diet for up to 72 hours.
- Drinking alcoholic beverages and eating hot or spicy foods should be avoided until your gums have healed.
- Avoid tobacco use for up to 72 hours, as tobacco slows the healing process.
- Brush and floss gently in the evening following treatment.
- If antibiotics are prescribed, use them for the duration of the prescription.
- Call our office with any post-procedure questions and if you experience bleeding, sensitivity, or significant discomfort.