Scaling and Root Planing
Periodontal disease affects nearly half of American adults, though most people don’t even know they have the condition. Some patients require more than routine preventative tooth and gum cleaning. Deep cleanings remove soft or hard plaque from under the gum line, facilitate the healing of gums, prevent tooth and bone loss, and prevent the spread or aggravation of gum disease. Your gums and teeth will thank you for this!
Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease
What to expect at your appointment
After a full examination, full set of dental radiographs, and full mouth gingival pocket assessment, if you are treatment planned for scaling and root planing, you will be scheduled for your procedure in two to four appointment slots. Our doctors will talk to you about your specific needs as every patient is at a different stage of periodontal disease.
After local anesthesia is achieved, a combination of ultrasonic instruments and hand scalers will be used to rid your teeth of any harmful buildup below the gumline. The procedure typically lasts 30 minutes per quadrant (quarter of your mouth) and all precautions will be taken to ensure comfort during the procedure. The doctor may also prescribe a medicated mouth rinse that is proven to improve healing to your tissues between appointments.
Once the scaling and root planing treatment is completed, our doctors suggest a three-month or four-month recall for routine dental cleanings. This will be your suggested recall time until bacteria are removed, your home care has improved, and gingival pockets have decreased to a manageable depth. We know this is a tedious process and we will guide you through every step of the way.
Frequently Asked Questions
Whether you’ve been referred by your dentist or not, getting started is as simple as contacting us to schedule your first consultation. We recommend you complete any needed forms before your appointment to save time.
We work hard to provide each patient with the best possible experience from the moment they come through the door. That’s why we’ll guide you, answer all your questions, and provide you with the customized solutions that you deserve, so you can feel as comfortable as possible.