Scaling and Root-Planing

Scaling and Root-Planing


Root planing and scaling seems to be a procedure that causes so much confusion for patients. What is the difference between a “routine cleaning” versus a deep cleaning? Scaling and Root Planing is done to remove tartar and hard crusty calculus, that is loaded with bacteria, around and BELOW the gum line. A
professional polishing (regular cleaning) or prophylactic (prophy) cleaning removes only the soft sticky plaque that is above the gum line. Scaling / root planing is a method of treating gum disease when the pockets around the teeth
have a measurement greater than 3mm. Hard crusty calculus

1. Scaling
Scaling is procedure that meticulously removes contamination, toxins, micro-organisms, plaque, tartar, cementum, dentin that is rough and/or permeated by calculus from around, below and under the gum line down to the bottom of the pocket. This is done to remove biofilm, calculus, and toxins down to the bottom of each periodontal pocket in order to obtain a
healing response.

2. Root Planing
Root planing involves smoothing the root surfaces of your teeth with thin curettes so gum tissue can more firmly reattach to roots that are clean and smooth to prevent tooth loss and sensitivity problems. The procedure makes it more
difficult for plaque to accumulate along the root surfaces.
Because this procedure goes deeper than a normal cleaning, your mouth may be numbed. The cleaning may take two visits to complete. Depending on the extent of the disease you may need one or more sections (quadrants) of the mouth to betreated with scaling and root planing. Treatment may require one or more visits.

This procedure is done:

With our ultrasonic machine that both scales and medicates your gum

To control the growth of harmful bacteria. (Bacteria above the gum line

are less aggressive bacteria whereas the bacteria below the gum are

more destructive and dangerous!

Helps gums or pocket wall reattach firmly to the spotlessly clean root

surface to help prevent tooth loss.

Prevents further bleeding of the gums.

Reduces gum swelling

Reduces discomfort.

Decrease tooth sensitivity due to gum recession.

Prevent bone loss.

Prevent tooth loss due to gum disease

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