Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing is one of the most effective, non-surgical ways to treat gum disease before it becomes severe. It is essentially a “deep cleaning” of your teeth. Scaling and root planing cleans between the gums and the teeth down to the roots. We can numb your mouth before we begin, to ensure you remain comfortable throughout your procedure.

Scaling is basically the process of removing dental tartar from the surfaces of the teeth. Root planing is the process of 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, thereby allowing tartar deposits to form under the gum line. A careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and calculus (tartar) from deep periodontal pockets and to smooth the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins will help ensure that your gum disease is controlled.

Why would I need scaling and root planing?

The only way to know for certain if you need a scaling and root planing procedure is to consult with us at Triangle Periodontics. However, if you suffer from periodontal (gum) disease, chances are that this procedure may be right for you.

Ignoring the problem, and not having tartar buildup removed, can lead to the worsening of periodontitis, and even cause you to lose your teeth. The harmful bacteria that causes periodontitis can also enter your bloodstream and travel throughout your body, affecting your overall health.

In fact, research shows that untreated periodontal disease can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cognitive decline, premature births, and low birth weight in babies. Also, since periodontitis-causing bacteria can easily be transmitted to other people, it is essential to treat it as soon as possible.

Helpful hints to keep in mind

  • Scaling and root planing does 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, and bleeding might occur 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 will 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!

If you would like to learn more about scaling and root planing, or any of our other periodontal services, contact Triangle Periodontics by calling 919-782-9536 to schedule a consultation.

Triangle Periodontics welcomes patients of Apex, Cary, and Raleigh, North Carolina.