What is Scaling and Root Planing?
Scaling and root planing, also known as deep cleaning, is a non-surgical dental procedure that involves the removal of tartar and plaque, then planing (smoothing) the tooth’s surface to remove dentine that is filled with toxins or microorganisms that can cause inflammation.
When is scaling and root planing recommended?
Scaling and root planing is recommended when you have symptoms of gum disease. Some symptoms of gum disease include:
- Gums that Recede from the Tooth
- Red, Tender, or Bleeding Gums
- Bad Taste in Mouth
- Persistent Bad Breath
- Loose Teeth
- Visible Pus Surrounding the Teeth and Gums
Dental scaling is done with the use of manual hand instruments, ultrasonic instruments, or a combination of the two. Our dentist at Carrollton Family Dental will begin the process with a comprehensive examination of your mouth. Next, we will use an ultrasonic device to remove the plaque bacteria using sonic vibrations. This ultrasonic device removes biofilm, tartar, and plaque from the tooth’s surface and beneath the gum line. We may also use a manual instrument to remove the remainder.
Root planing is a procedure that involves the thorough scaling of the root surface to lessen the inflammation of the gum tissue. Our dentist will scale the root surface to eliminate biofilm and plaque development, and to smooth out rough target areas.
How will it feel? How many visits will it take?
A local anesthesia may be administered to numb the gum tissue, especially if it is diseased and sensitive. Dental scaling and root planing may take up to two to four visits, depending on the level of oral disease in your mouth.
If you wish to learn more about this procedure or any of our Dental Clinic Services in Carrollton, Texas, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for assistance. Give us a call at 972-212-6225. We would be happy to answer your inquiries.