Scaling & Root Planning
Scaling and root planing are two of the most effective, non-surgical ways to treat gum disease before it becomes severe. Scaling and root planing clean between the gums and the teeth down to the roots.
How is scaling performed?
Scaling is the process of removing dental tartar from the surfaces of the teeth. Root planing is smoothing out the root surfaces and removing any infected tooth structure. If you have gum disease or gum pocketing, the gum pockets around the teeth will have deepened, allowing tartar deposits to form under the gum line. Careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and calculus (tartar) from deep periodontal pockets, as well as to smooth the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins, will help control your gum disease.
Helpful tips to keep in mind
- Scaling and root planing do not usually cause much discomfort, but you might experience some soreness afterward since deeper regions under the gums have been cleaned.
- Your teeth themselves may become a bit more sensitive to temperature for a little while after your procedure. Over-the-counter painkillers, such as ibuprofen, work very well to alleviate discomfort, as do ice packs applied to the outside of the face around the treated area.
- Brushing and flossing will have to be done more gently to avoid aggravating any bruised or tender gum areas. We’ll show you the best methods for keeping your teeth clean during this time.
Scaling and root planing is a simple procedure that can work very well to stop gum disease. If you maintain good dental care after the procedure, the progression of your gum disease should stop, and your gums will heal and become firm and pink again in no time!
Arrive 15 Minutes Early
When you arrive, we will ask that you complete one of our New Patient forms as well as a medical history form. You can download the form and bring the filled medical history form with you. If you have any questions while filling the form our staff can help you over the phone or during your visit.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your first visit:
- If you have dental insurance, bring the insurance information with you. This will save time and allow us to verify coverage and explain your plan to you.
- A list of medications you are presently taking.
- Contact information for your previous dentist if records are to be transferred.
Patients under 18
A parent or guardian must accompany all patients under 18 at the first visit. If you have more specific questions about our practice or policies please contact our office.
Make yourself comfortable
Take a seat in the waiting area, ask our friendly staff anything you like – we’re ready to help you with everything from scheduling appointments to questions about dental procedures.
Our spacious, open practice provides easy access to all the latest equipment while ensuring that your appointment is as pleasant as possible.