What is Scaling and Root Planing?
Scaling and root planing is a two-part cleaning process that is used to treat gum disease. Scaling is the removal of plaque and tarter (hardened plaque) above and below the gumline. All of the plaque and tarter will be removed down to the bottom of the pocket. After that, Dr. Virdi will begin the root planing process which is designed smooth out your teeth roots and help your gums reattach to your teeth. This process typically takes more than one appointment to complete and may require a local anesthetic.
When Do I Need Scaling and Root Planing?
Plaque is always forming on your teeth, but if they aren’t cleaned well, your gums can become inflamed and start pulling away from teeth. This forms spaces that we call pockets. Plaque and tarter get trapped in the pockets and regular brushing is no longer enough. If this condition is left untreated, the resulting gum disease could lead to bone and tooth loss.
Preventing Gum Disease
Good home dental care can prevent gum disease from progressing to the point of needing this procedure. Always brush your teeth twice daily with a soft or extra soft toothbrush. Floss every day. Remember to visit your dentist regularly!