Root planing and scaling is a conventional periodontal therapy or deep cleaning technique. Root planing and scaling is required when the plaque near your gums has turned into calculus, also known as tartar, below the gum line.
Plaque is a soft and thin layer of white/yellowish material composed of bacteria that accumulates on the teeth. It can be removed by brushing within the first 24 hours, but if not completely cleaned away, plaque can start to interact with the minerals in saliva and turn into calculus which is hard.
As calculus builds up, the immune system response forces the gums to pull away from teeth which creates a pocket where plaque and bacteria can continue to collect.
Calculus cannot be removed through regular brushing, flossing, or rinsing. It can only be removed with dentist’s tools through root planing or scaling. Without proper dental treatment, a mild case of gum disease can turn into a severe case.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is also called periodontal disease. It is an infection of gums which results in gum inflammation, bleeding, and soreness. The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis which is preventable if proper dental care is practiced along with regular cleanings such as root planing and scaling.
The advanced form of gum disease, called periodontitis, causes damage to oral tissues and bone, and can result in tooth loss.
Grand View Family and Cosmetic Dentistry provides the most effective root planing and scaling services to our patients. Call our office today at 920-996-0123 to schedule a consultation.
What is The Procedure of Root Planing and Scaling?
Some patients may require antibiotics before the procedure starts to help prevent any infection that may develop. Your dentist will first examine and clean the mouth thoroughly before moving on to the scaling and root planing process.
If you have sensitive gums and teeth, a local anesthetic may be used to numb your gums and the roots of your teeth so that you don’t feel pain or discomfort during the cleaning process.
Depending on the condition of your gums, teeth and overall health, the dentist will either use a manual scraping tool or an ultrasonic scaling device to remove the plaque and calculus. If some of the plaque/calculus is still left, the manual instrument will be used to clean it.
Afterwards, antibiotic products may be applied to the spaces between your teeth and gums to prevent infection and accelerate the healing process. It is also recommended that you use a desensitizing toothpaste if your teeth experience sensitivity after the procedure.
If you want to find out if root planing or dental scaling is recommended for you, call Grand View Family and Cosmetic Dentistry at 920-996-0123, or visit at 381 South Kools St, Appleton, WI 54914. Dr. Stephen Moore, DDS, and our staff will take extremely good care of you.