Scaling and root planing, also known as deep cleaning, is a non-surgical procedure performed by a dentist to treat gum disease. Scaling involves removing plaque and tartar from the roots of the teeth. Root planing involves smoothing out the tooth roots to prevent the buildup of bacteria. Scaling and root planing are usually performed when a patient is experiencing some symptoms of gum disease, including inflammation, bleeding, and redness. However, the procedure may also be done as a preventative measure.
When Is Scaling and Root Planing Needed?
For scaling and root planing, the dentist or hygienist will use specialized tools to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and along the gum line. The treatment is usually performed under a local anesthetic. The dentist may also use an ultrasonic device to remove the buildup and manual instruments to reach the spots that the ultrasonic device can't reach.
What Are the Benefits of Scaling and Root Planing?
Scaling and root planing offers many benefits, such as:
- Prevents cavities
- Removes bacteria from the gum line
- Reduces inflammation
- Reduces bad breath
- Boosts oral health and reduces the risk of tooth loss
- Provides gum protection
- Helps reduce the risk of gum disease occurring or recurring
What Should I Expect After Scaling and Root Planing?
After your appointment, you may experience increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods or sweets. You may also experience some slight bleeding from the gums, but this should subside in a day or two.
When Do I Need Scaling and Root Planing?
Scaling and root planing (SRP) may be recommended if:
- Your gums bleed often
- You have bad breath or chronic halitosis
- Your gums are sensitive
- You have gum pockets
At J. Russell Danner, DDS, we offer the best dental care possible to each of our patients in a positive and relaxing environment. If you're ready to experience the best dental care, please contact us at 405-749-1676 or visit us at 4514 Memorial Cir Suite A, Oklahoma City, OK 73142.