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Effective Root Planing and Scaling Treatment

By J. Brent Gorrell on December 16, 2014

A close-up of a Caucasian woman’s smiling mouth, with well-manicured hands at either side of her faceGum disease is a serious issue that should be addressed and treated as soon as possible. Root planing and scaling is a trusted general dentistry technique that can improve the health of the gums. Mountain View dentist J. Brent Gorrell commonly performs this treatment on patients suffering from the early to late stages of gum disease. But the name can be intimidating - what exactly is root planing and scaling, and what are the benefits of this treatment?

What Is Root Planing and Scaling?

Some dentists refer to this treatment as root planing and scaling, while others refer to it as a “deep cleaning.” But whatever you call it, the treatment is the same. When a routine teeth cleaning procedure is not sufficient, root planing and scaling is the next step in treating periodontitis or gum disease. 

The root planing and scaling procedure begins with your dentist administering a local anesthetic to numb the area. The procedure then consists of two parts:

  1. Scaling: In this part of the procedure, the dentist removes plaque and tartar from the surface of the tooth, including surfaces of the tooth root below the gum line. Your dentist may use one of several special cleaning instruments for this portion of the procedure, including a high-tech ultrasonic scaling tool to remove stubborn tartar.
  2. Root Planing: This part of the procedure involves the use of a special tool to smooth out the surface of your affected teeth, removing small grooves and crevices from the surface of your tooth roots, reducing the opportunity for bacteria to return and take hold under the gum line.  

What Are the Benefits of Root Planing and Scaling?

Root planing and scaling is an intense procedure, and most patients want to know the benefits before agreeing to it. Most restorative and general dentists agree that there are several significant oral health benefits to the deep cleaning procedure. These benefits include:

  • Stopping Periodontitis: Gum disease can start out mild and unobtrusive. But if it’s continually ignored, gum disease can progress rapidly - transforming into the more problematic periodontitis, which can cause long-term damage such as bone and gum tissue loss. By removing hard to reach bacteria, root planing and scaling is vital in stopping gum disease before it gets any worse.
  • Improved Breath: In many cases, the cause of bad breath is a build-up of bacteria within the mouth. Root planing and scaling removes this bacteria and can drastically improve your breath.
  • Improved Aesthetics: While the root planing and scaling procedure is recommended for its health benefits, it is hard to ignore its aesthetic benefits as well. By having healthy gums, patients can enjoy healthier, more beautiful teeth.

Learn More about Root Planing and Scaling

If you have been dealing with the soreness, inflammation, and sensitivity of gum disease, a deep cleaning procedure could set you back on the right track toward good dental health. Contact Dr. Gorrell at our general dentistry office to schedule a consultation and learn more about root planing and scaling today. 

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Open Today 9:00am - 1:00pm

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