Scaling and Root Planting

Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing teeth, provided by either your dentist or dental hygienist, may take more than one appointment to complete, and a local anesthetic is often used to minimize any discomfort (like having an irritating splinter removed from an infected finger). The procedure involves thoroughly scaling all plaque, bacterial toxins and tartar deposits from your teeth and root surfaces; and then root planing, which smoothes all rough areas on your roots’ surfaces. Smooth root surfaces keep bacteria, plaque and tartar from re-adhering underneath the gum line, allowing your gums to heal and reattach themselves more firmly.

After the Procedure

At a follow-up visit, your dentist will want to check on the healing of your gums and the status of your pockets. The good news is that in most cases, red or swollen gum tissue becomes firm and pink again, bleeding is reduced or eliminated and pockets get smaller. If your gum tissue has responded well and remains stable, you may not need any further treatment. More advanced periodontal conditions, on the other hand, may require surgical interventions by a periodontist after root planing and scaling to stop the progression of bone loss. However, your scaling and root planing treatment often lessens the amount of surgery you need.

Periodontal Maintenance

After periodontal treatment with a periodontist, whether it’s surgical or nonsurgical, your dentist may want to put you on a schedule of maintenance visits. Dr. O’Neill recommends his patients alternate appointments every two to four months between his office and their general dental practice. These maintenance visits consist of routine cleanings and the careful examination of your gum tissue, as well as measurements of your pocket depths and to measure gum recession.

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