Scaling and root planing involves a more in-depth, thorough cleaning treatment recommended for patients who may be suffering from periodontal disease. Also known as gum disease, this type of gum infection is caused by bacteria and plaque forming on your teeth over time and causing inflammation. While serious, periodontal disease is treatable, it can lead to bone or tooth loss if not treated quickly.
When your gums become inflamed, the bacteria causes pockets triggering the gums to push away from the teeth. Once these layers or pockets have been formed, it is near impossible to clean them with just brushing alone. This is where scaling and root planing comes in. During the scaling portion of this conventional periodontal therapy, our team will use a scaling tool to remove any plaque, bacteria, and tartar around the affected teeth as well as below the gumline to the bottom of the infected pocket.
After the scaling is complete, we will move onto root planing. The root planing technique is used to smooth out the tooth’s root and ultimately remove the pocket caused by bacteria. When the root has been effectively smoothed, the gums can be reattached and have a greater chance of fully healing.
Some patients report mild discomfort during the procedure and sensitivity after the treatment is complete but with a personalized treatment plan, we can help manage any discomfort and pain. Moving forward, practicing good oral hygiene is paramount for making sure that periodontal disease doesn’t become worse after seeking initial treatment at our office.
At San Francisco Dental Arts, we are dedicated to providing best-in-class dental services to ensure your oral hygiene is the best it can be.