Scaling and root planing, also known as deep cleaning, is a non-surgical dental procedure that involves cleaning the surfaces of the teeth below the gum line. This treatment is necessary for individuals who have gum disease, also known as periodontal disease.
During scaling and root planing, a dental professional will remove the plaque and tartar buildup that has accumulated on the surfaces of the teeth and the roots. They will also smooth out the surfaces of the roots to help the gum tissue reattach to the tooth.
Scaling and root planing are typically recommended for individuals who have gum disease, specifically those with periodontitis. This condition is caused by the buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth, leading to inflammation of the gums.
The initial symptoms of periodontal disease include red, swollen, and bleeding gums, which can be painful. If left untreated, the disease can progress and cause bone and tooth loss.
Scaling and root planing are typically performed in two or more visits. The dental professional will use special instruments to remove the plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the teeth and roots. They will also smooth out the surfaces of the roots to help the gum tissue reattach to the tooth.
Depending on the severity of the disease, local anesthesia may be administered to ensure the patient’s comfort during the procedure. After the treatment, the patient may experience some sensitivity or discomfort, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
Scaling and root planing are essential treatments for individuals with gum disease. It is a non-surgical procedure that involves cleaning the surfaces of the teeth and roots to remove plaque and tartar buildup. The treatment can help prevent the progression of gum disease, improve overall oral health, and reduce the risk of other health problems.
If you suspect you have gum disease, seeking treatment from a dental professional as soon as possible is important. Call Coral Springs Smiles at (954) 715-6840 to discuss your options. Dr. Anand is glad to help you with your preventative dental needs.