Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing - a deep cleaning for optimal gum health. 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
Continuous bleeding from brushing and flossing
Foul odor coming from your mouth that can’t be fixed by using mouthwash or brushing
Red, puffy, inflamed gums that lack a healthy appearance
Large black triangles between your teeth, representing bone loss
Receding gumline
Shifting teeth
Deep gingival pocketing where food and bacteria get caught
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.

Let us take care of your gums and teeth!

Frequently Asked Questions

Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning procedure that removes plaque and tartar from below the gumline, promoting gum healing and preventing further gum disease.

Signs that may indicate the need for this procedure include bleeding gums, bad breath, gum inflammation, tooth sensitivity, receding gums, and shifting teeth. A thorough examination by a dentist can determine if this treatment is necessary.

Local anesthesia is used during the procedure to ensure your comfort. You may experience some mild discomfort or sensitivity afterward, but it can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.

The duration of the procedure depends on the extent of the treatment needed. Generally, it is performed in multiple appointments, with each quadrant of the mouth taking around 30 minutes.

Following the procedure, your dentist may recommend a medicated mouth rinse and provide instructions for at-home care. Regular dental cleanings every three to four months will be advised to maintain oral health and monitor your progress.

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You can find us in Turnersville, NJ and Wyndmoor, PA