Scaling and Root Planing

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Scaling and Root Planing

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Most periodontal patients in our practice become very familiar with the two primary therapies we rely on to treat gum disease: scaling and root planing. Sounds a little disagreeable, yes. But scaling and root planing are the beginning of the end of periodontal problems. The treatment is tried and true, with a simple goal—get the “junk” out of there.

It’s a certainty. Plaque, calculus, and bacteria, left to accumulate, will form pockets around teeth beneath the gumline. As pockets deepen and bacteria go to work, tissue becomes infected. Without care, tissue, ligaments and eventually bone are destroyed and you’re facing tooth loss.

By scaling and root planing, we disrupt the hold toxins have on tissue. With special instruments, we go after the debris at the gumline first, then reach deeper to clear away the rest. Plaque and calculus are tough stuff—a sort of poisonous cement. So it takes some time and elbow grease. Finally, the surface of the root is smoothed to encourage the re-attachment of gum tissue.

No one ever called scaling a day at the beach. But it’s the most direct and effective means to clear away “junk,” and head off disease. And that’s what you’re here for.



 

Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and Root Planing

Remove Plaque and Bacteria Formed on Your Teeth and Gum Line

During any regular appointment to our office you will receive periodontal scaling and root planing. This procedure is done to remove excess plaque and bacteria that has formed on the teeth and around the gum line. Using an ultrasonic scaler, periodontal hand scalers, or curettes, a registered dental hygienist will carefully scrape along the visible surface of the tooth, which removes any plaque and also helps to smooth the tooth surface so it is more resistant to build up in the future.

Depending on the exact condition of the teeth, such as if infection has set in below the gums, the patient may require a deep cleaning. This involves performing scaling and planing on the root of the tooth below the gum line. At Renae Wilson, DDS we always take care to ensure your dental hygienist is very gentle while he performs this, and many patients feel no pain as the tools gently slip between the tooth and gum, but a mild anesthetic is sometimes used if it helps to relieve patient stress. For scaling and root planing in San Diego, contact our office today.