Periodontal Scaling & Root Planing

Periodontal Scaling & Root Planing 

Periodontal scaling & root planing is the process of cleaning between the gums, teeth and roots, preventing inflammation to the gum tissue and surrounding bone. This is an extremely effective way to treat gum disease before it comes more severe.

Implications of scaling and root planing

  • Disease prevention
  • Tooth protection
  • Aesthetic effects
  • Better breath

Scaling and Root Planing Process

  • The dentist will take x-rays and conduct visual examinations prior to performing scaling and root planing treatments.
  • Scaling is generally performed using special dental instruments and an ultrasonic scaling tool.
  • Root planing is the procedure of smoothening the root surfaces and eliminating any infected tooth structure.

What to expect after scaling and root planing?

  • Soreness is expected, since root planing is usually in a deeper region under the gums.
  • Teeth sensitivity and bleeding may occur temporarily.
  • Over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen may lessen discomfort.
  • Brushing should be done gently, in effort to avoid irritating any bruised gum areas.
  • Salt water or chlorhexidine rinses are generally recommended.