Scaling and Root Planing

Routine cleanings are an important part of maintaining optimal oral care. Without them, plaque and bacteria can build up and cause decay. The regular cleaning process is often enough to keep further damage from occurring. However, some patients will need a deeper cleaning that requires scaling and root planing. A procedure like this can remove plaque and tartar below the gumline, assisting patients who are experiencing inflammation, bleeding gums, and other signs of early gum disease. Without this treatment, patients may experience tooth or bone loss, resulting in the need for more invasive treatments. Read on to learn about the process involved with teeth scaling and root planing, and why it might be a good fit for your oral health needs.

woman undergoing a dental scaling procedure


What Is a Deep Cleaning or Scaling and Root Planing?

Patients suffering from early gum diseases will often need scaling and root planing. A dentist will perform this deep dental cleaning by removing the hardened plaque.

They will scale above and below the gum line, reaching deep into the pockets where bacteria breed. Next, dentists will proceed to clean and smooth the roots to facilitate the process of gum reattachment. Bacteria from this gum disease can cause gums to pull away from teeth, and root planing provides optimal conditions in which a reattachment can occur. This entire process, in turn, cultivates healing and an overall healthier mouth.

Why do I need a Deep Cleaning or Scaling and Root Planing?

The need for deeper dental scaling occurs when signs of gum disease are present. Symptoms like bleeding when brushing, inflammation, swelling, pain, and redness can signal problems. Early gum diseases like gingivitis can occur when patients fail to maintain proper hygiene. A lack of regular dental checkups and cleanings can cause an excess buildup of plaque, tartar, and bacteria. Sometimes, if the bacteria is harboring deep beneath the gum line and forming pockets, regular cleanings will not be sufficient. This is when dentists will recommend scaling and root planing. Only through this procedure can embedded bacteria be removed below the surface.

Is Gum Therapy Cleaning at Pure Holistic Dental (Scaling and Root Planing) Non-Invasive?

Yes, gum therapy —AKA scaling and root planing— is a non-invasive procedure. The deep teeth cleaning process will take approximately two hours to complete, and can contribute to a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Before starting the procedure, a dentist will likely apply a topical numbing gel. This will help avoid patient discomfort while in the chair. Following the procedure, patients can expect to experience some pain, soreness, sensitivity, or swelling. Also, to prevent the possible onset of infection, a dentist may insert antibiotic strips directly into the gums or prescribe a rinse or similar remedy. A follow-up visit will be necessary in about a month’s time. Dentists will evaluate your gums, measure the depth of pockets, and determine if any further treatment is necessary.

Will the Process Be Effective?

Gum Therapy or Scaling and root planing is designed to remedy early gum disease. It reaches bacteria that regular dental cleanings and standard brushing cannot. This is why it is a good choice to combat gum disease in the early stages. A widely used method, it has helped patients achieve better oral health by working as both a remedy for gum irritations and a prevention for future damage. The reduction in gum bacteria will reduce your risk for having a heart attack, stroke, alzhiemers and immune diseases. Additionally, the reduction of gum bacteria will prevent loose teeth that fall out at old age.

Stop the Progression of Gum Disease Today

If you are experiencing symptoms of early gum disease, it’s not too late to take action. Gum therapy or Scaling and root planing is a viable option for those who require more than routine cleaning. Once the procedure is performed, gums can begin to heal and reattach to teeth. Avoiding necessary dental work can only create more health problems down the line. At Pure Holistic Dental, we can help foster healthy gums through procedures like scaling and root planing. Call us today at (281) 957-1672 to make an appointment and browse our website for more helpful resources.


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