Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing in Delray Beach, FL
Non-surgical, conventional periodontal therapy is also known as scaling and root planing. You may have heard your dentist use the term “deep cleaning” as well to describe this most common form of periodontal treatment that is used to remove stubborn plaque build up.
Scaling & Root Planing as explained by the American Dental Association
What is Scaling and Root Planing?
This non-surgical technique is used by dentists to clean between the teeth and gums of your mouth. It is different from your average dental cleaning in that the process involves going deep down to the tooth root in order to effectively treat periodontal disease before it escalates into tooth loss.
What is the procedure for scaling and root planing?
With today’s state-of-the-art equipment used by our doctors, this process can combine dental technology and equipment to help maximize effectiveness, but minimize patient discomfort. After a local anesthetic is used, we implement ultrasonic equipment to deep clean by vibrating rapidly at an ultra high frequency. This allows the dentist to remove plaque and debris from the tooth. Your dentist will typically use this device before any hand instruments are used so that it’s easier to get the remaining plaque and calculus removed. When the procedure is finished, it should help the gums reattach themselves to the tooth structure. It is important to follow up with your dentist to see if periodontal pockets still exist. If so, you will need to schedule further appointments to make sure you get as healthy as possible.
What are the benefits of scaling and root planing?
This procedure is done when your gums have detached from your teeth and created pockets. Having the treatment done successfully will ensure that your gums are reattached to the tooth before gum disease becomes to severe. With this said, a major benefit of scaling and root planing is the prevention of systemic disease, which allows bacteria to flow through your blood stream. If this happens, it can lead to diabetes, cancer, lung disease and many other diseases that are detrimental to your health.
One of the most common benefits of this procedure is the taming of halitosis, or bad breath. Bad breath is usually caused by bacteria and particles of leftover food that this procedure can get rid of. Last but not least, if you have any stains on your teeth due to sodas, coffee, smoking and other causes, the process of scaling and root planing can help eliminate those stains for a brighter, healthier smile.
Does scaling and root planing hurt?
You may have a bit of tenderness and soreness for a couple days after your treatment. Some patients have noted that they are a bit more sensitive to cold and hot for a few days afterwards as well. If your doctor sees that your gums are sore enough, you may be prescribed a specific mouth rinse to help. It is important that even though your gums may be sensitive or sore, you must still brush and floss daily as recommended by your dentist. Expect to see a bit of bleeding for the next few days when brushing and flossing as this is a normal occurrence.
If you have any questions or concerns about scaling and root planing, or about periodontics in general, please call our office at 561-495-2099 or visit our contact page for more information and a dental professional will get back to you.