What is scaling and root planing

Scaling and root planing is a non surgical way to get rid of plaque and debris under the gum line.  

When plague and calculus start to accumulate under the gum it is very important to have a deep scaling to remove this build up. If this is left untreated you could suffer from a multitude of issues including inflamation , bone loss and even tooth loss. Deep scaling helps prevent the need for more extensive treatement such as gum surgery and bone grafts . After having a deep scale it is imperative you follow the hygenists recommendations and follow a 3 month recall to maintain the health of your gums.

How the scaling is performed –

When the hygienists notate that a patient has inflamed gums , depp pocketing or bone loss their first suggestion is to have the deep scaling and root planing. This process includes numbing your gums and going under the gum to remove the plaque , calculus and debris. They will use a hand scaler or an ultrasonic scaler to remove the debris. The ultrasonic actually vibrates against the hardened debris to dislodge the calculus and plaque stuck to the teeth  as opposed to having the hygenist scaling the tooth manually.

To prevent the need of this procedure we recommend having your 6 month cleanings or 3 month if suggested by a hygienist and check ups on time. We also suggest making sure you are brushing and flossing in the morning and evening and after eating. This is the best way to prevent the need for scaling and root planing .  



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