At Restoration Smiles: Adult & Pediatric Dentistry, we perform the simple procedure of scaling and root planing to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from your teeth. For scaling, we use special tools to scrape away these buildups above and below the gum line, while we use other tools in root planing to smooth down any rough spots on the tooth roots to prevent bacteria from sticking to them in the future. This can significantly reduce the risk of gum disease and help keep your mouth healthy and clean. It will simply help to prevent the symptoms from getting worse.
Depending on your case, you may need to have this procedure repeated a few times a year. This will depend on how severe your gum disease is and how well you keep up with your daily oral hygiene routine at home. These cleanings are essential to keeping your mouth healthy and decreasing the risk of needing further periodontal treatments in the future.
The Procedure for Scaling and Root Planing
A deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, is a treatment done when the gums are puffy and inflamed. The dentist may perform the procedure using a special scaler tool. This tool removes plaque from the teeth and along the gum line, allowing the gums to heal and become healthy again. The dentist may also polish the teeth to remove some surface stains caused by coffee, tea, cigarettes, or other things. If the gums have formed pockets, the dentist will also remove the infected tissue from those areas. This will provide more space for the gum tissue to grow back.
The Benefits of Scaling and Root Planing
The procedure itself is incredibly effective at removing plaque, tartar, and debris from the surfaces of your teeth, both on the visible surfaces that you brush daily and also on the areas below the gum line. Removing those substances will reduce your risk for tooth decay and gum disease, keeping your smile healthy for years!
Second, because plaque and tartar build up in layers, removing the deposits from the surface of the teeth will also remove the buildup from the roots. This helps to prevent the condition known as “periodontal disease,” which is a significant risk factor for tooth loss in adults.
The procedure is quick and comfortable for patients and can usually be completed during one appointment. Patients who struggle with chronic or severe forms of gingivitis can often benefit from having this procedure scheduled every six months to maintain good oral health.
If you want to learn more about scaling and root planing and if you need one, contact Restoration Smiles: Adult & Pediatric Dentistry at 2 Coolidge St Suite 202, Hudson, MA 01749 or call (508) 658-0661 to schedule a consultation today!