What Is Scaling and Planing?
Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning below the gum line in order to treat gum disease caused by plaque and tartar buildup, generally caused by poor oral health conditions and care.
We provide dental deep cleanings to many new patients who haven’t been to the dentist after years. While it is necessary sometimes, proper dental care generally is sufficient to prevent the necessity of scaling and root planing.
Do You Need Scaling and Root Planing?
If you have plaque and tartar buildup or have noticed that your breath is smelling ripe, then you might be in desperate need of tooth scaling and root planing to get rid of the stick film of plaque that causes gum disease. If this isn’t removed, the plaque can cause your gums to become inflamed, red, and separate from your teeth creating pockets where the bacteria can continue to thrive and destroy the root of your teeth as well as cause infections and other diseases.
Why Can’t You Just Brush Away the Plaque?
Brushing can’t remove plaque buildup once it has harden. The plaque buildup requires sharp, strong tools, because it hardens rapidly. If it doesn’t get the proper care soon, you may very well lose the bone and tooth.
Catching Gum Disease Early
If you’re able to catch the gum disease early on, then the structure around the tooth will be intact, and safe from pockets. However, if there are pockets around the tooth, then scaling and root planing may still be necessary. We grade the amount of damage, cavities, and pockets on a scale of one to three with three being the most severe.
It’s important to learn what you can about gum disease and receding gum lines to best prevent them from occurring again. Be sure to stay on top of brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes and to floss at least once daily. If you can, floss after each meal. Your teeth and gums will thank you for it!