Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing
What is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
Gum disease has effected millions of people worldwide. In fact, it is the number one cause of tooth loss among otherwise healthy adults. When gum disease starts, the gums around the teeth will separate and loosen from the teeth themselves. This causes pocketing to form between the gums and the teeth. In order to keep these pockets clean, a scaling and root planing is needed.
Why would a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing be needed?
A scaling and root planing is sometimes known as a deeper cleaning. This is simply because the same tools and techniques are used by the hygienist, but the tools are used slightly below the gum line to clear out these gingival pockets. If you have gum disease, it is nearly impossible for you to clean out these pockets on your own, even with the best brushing and flossing at home. To prevent progression of the disease, we will recommend that you come in for a deeper cleaning.
Who is a candidate for a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
If you have mild to moderate gum disease, you are a good candidate for a scaling and root planing. We will examine your gums to determine if you have periodontal disease. This is done by measuring the pockets around each tooth. If the pockets are deeper than about 3mm, this could be a sign that you have gum disease to some extent.
What happens during a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?
First, Dr. Alfonso will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area being treated. Most often, one side of the mouth is done at once to prevent the entire mouth from becoming numb. The hygienist then uses special tools to scrape away any debris and tartar from the teeth. The gingival pockets are cleaned thoroughly, and the roots of the teeth are scraped and smoothed to prevent future bacterial adhesion. You will then be scheduled to come in for the second appointment so that the other side of your mouth can be treated.
If you would like to schedule an appointment for a scaling and root planing, call us today so that we can get you in as soon as possible.