Scaling and Root Planing

Restore Periodontal Health with Scaling and Root Planing

Deep cleanings (also known as scaling and root planing) are often regarded with dread and anxiety. However, it is usually the best periodontal treatment for halting and reversing gum disease in its early stages. Though many patients would like to dismiss gum health as a low priority, periodontal disease can negatively affect not just the looks and health of your smile, but the rest of your body as well. Your gums protect the roots of your teeth and prevent dangerous bacteria from reaching your bloodstream, which is why maintaining its condition is a necessary part of preserving your overall health.

Scaling and root planing may be necessary if:

    • your gums are starting to pull away from your teeth
    • the tartar has spread to the roots of your teeth
  • your gums are showing signs of persistent inflammation

What Should I Expect When Receiving This Treatment?

Even though scaling and root planing is considered a non-surgical treatment, local anesthesia is still necessary to relieve pain and discomfort to your gums and tooth roots. Once the anesthesia is administered, your dentist may use specialized instruments such as a curette (scraping tool) or ultrasonic device to remove the plaque and tartar from the roots and surrounding gum pockets.

Good post-treatment habits should help with recovery and gum health restoration. You may experience temporary discomfort and occasional bleeding after a deep cleaning, which can be reduced by rinsing with medicated mouthwash and practicing proper dental hygiene. To ease your daily hygiene routine, you should use only smooth/soft dental floss and a soft-bristled toothbrush to minimize any potential irritation. If you smoke, we highly recommend stopping for at least a few days to give your gums a chance to heal.

Though most patients with mild periodontal disease should benefit from a thorough scaling and root planing, you should consult with your doctor and dentist if you:

    • suffer from heart issues and are deemed especially susceptible to endocarditis (bacterial infection of the heart valves)
    • have a depressed or weakened immune system
    • have recently recovered from major surgery, or
  • have artificial body part(s)

If you would like to know more about the dental treatments we provide, or if you’d like to make an appointment, call Family & Cosmetic Dentistry of the Rockies today at (970) 223-8425. For your convenience, you can also reach us after office hours by submitting an online contact or appointment request using the form below.