Scaling and Root Planing
For treating periodontal disease
Scaling and root planing is deep cleaning below the gumline to treat and prevent periodontal, or gum, disease. The process removes bacteria and calculus that can cause the gums to recede away from the tooth or become infected.
Scaling and root planing can be done at any point in the disease progression, but it’s most effective when started at the first signs of periodontal problems to keep them from getting worse. If you’re concerned about the health of your gums, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!
Our periodontist, Dr. Andrew Carmosino, is specially trained to perform scaling and root planing at designated periodontal maintenance cleanings that take place every three to four months. These exams will help prevent further disease progression to keep your gums in top shape.
What Does Scaling and Root Planing Look Like?
First, your periodontist will carefully clean the pocket between your gums and teeth, making sure to get all the way to the bottom. Plaque and tartar are removed both above and below the gumline to reduce the chance of further inflammation. This is called scaling.
Next, your periodontist will smooth the roots of your teeth to make it easier for your gums to reattach. This is called planing.
When done consistently, the two parts of the process can keep periodontal disease from worsening and even reverse existing damage. Since gum inflammation can happen quickly and without noticeable symptoms, it’s vital that patients with periodontal problems get into the dentist on a regular three to four month basis.