Signs that You Could Benefit from Scaling and Root Planing
While it might be difficult to understand that you need deep dental cleaning, your dentist might recommend scaling and root planing at a routine dental check-up. Our team measures gum pockets and checks for signs of inflammation and bone loss at every dental check-up. Also, our team will look for signs of gum disease, like bleeding gums when brushing or painful swollen gums. Although these symptoms indicate gum disease, it’s always wise to consult with a dentist to see if you need scaling and root planing or other periodontic treatment.
Advantages of Deep Dental Cleaning
Scaling and root planing is a straightforward treatment that can reverse gingivitis symptoms and lessen the impact of gum disease. After successfully removing harmful bacteria and plaque, tenderness, and inflammation should subside.
Without an active bacterial infection in the gum pockets, the patient’s breath should smell fresher after this periodontal cleaning. Plus, minor gum recession should heal, and the gums should reattach the teeth, providing a protective barrier to sensitivity and decay along the tooth roots.
How It Works
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical treatment, but our dental team will numb the area that needs deep dental cleaning to soothe tender, swollen gums. Then, our dental team member will remove remnants of plaque and tartar above and below the gum line. Next, we smooth the tooth roots to make it challenging for bacteria to stick to the tooth in the future.
Once a patient has experienced scaling and root planing, your dentist might recommend more frequent periodontal maintenance visits to prevent gum disease from worsening.