Scaling and Root Planing

Treating an active infection

More extensive than a standard cleaning, scaling and root planing are procedures used to treat or prevent periodontal (gum) disease. Also known as non-surgical periodontal therapy, scaling removes plaque buildup from below the gum-line, and root planing involves smoothing the roots of the tooth, enabling the gums to more easily reattach themselves.

When is scaling and root planing necessary?

Plaque buildup is extremely common, but when gum disease begins to form and the tissue around a tooth loosens and pulls away, scaling and root planing are simple, deep cleaning treatment options that can restore your gum-line and your overall oral health.

How does scaling and root planing work?

Our doctors begin with an extensive examination of your mouth so that they can design a tailor-made plan customized to your personal needs. Once our doctors have determined that scaling and root planing would be best for you, they use cutting edge ultrasonic tools to gently remove plaque and smooth the root of the tooth. Local anesthesia is administered upon request. Keeping you comfortable and safe is very important to us.

Benefits of Scaling and Root Planing

  • Leads to oral and overall body health
  • Prevents potential disease
  • Protects against tooth loss
  • Reduces bad breath
  • Creates greater aesthetic appeal, removing stains from teeth

Does it hurt?

You will experience no pain during the procedure. You may have some discomfort later in the day, but any mild swelling or soreness can be easily managed with over-the-counter medications.

Post-Treatment Care

Continue to care for your teeth and gums by gently yet thoroughly brushing. Slowly rinsing warm salt water will help to ease discomfort. If you experience minor soreness, you can easily control this with Ibuprofen or Tylenol.

What can I do to prevent recurring gum disease?

Good dental care is the best way to keep your gums healthy. Brush you teeth twice daily, floss every day, eat a balanced diet, and visit your dentist regularly.

Call us today to set up an appointment to begin your gum therapy today! Keith + Associates Dentistry Phone Number 913-384-0044