Scaling and root planing is a deep dental cleaning that removes plaque and tartar from teeth and below the gum line. This procedure is often recommended to patients with signs of early gum disease or who have not had a dental cleaning in more than a year. The procedure is quick and offers patients with improved tooth and gum health.
Why Scaling and Root Planing May Be Recommended
Scaling and root planing is an effective way of treating gingivitis, as well as gum disease. Treating early signs of gum disease is essential to protect your teeth and gums. Left untreated, gum disease is likely to worsen which can lead to tooth loss.
How Scaling and Root Planing Works
After your routine check-up, the hygienist will review your plaque buildup levels for signs of a potential gum or periodontal disease. To do so, the hygienist uses a periodontal probe to measure your gum pockets. Pockets measuring more than 3mm should have a deep cleaning.
What to Expect After Scaling and Root Planing
In the days following the procedure, you can expect some gum tenderness. Your gums may also bleed for 2 or 3 days afterwards. This is normal. Your dentist is likely to schedule a follow up to assure your gum pockets have reduced after the procedure.
During your next visit, the hygienist will measure your periodontal pockets again to confirm that they are now less than 3 mm. If they are still above that target area, the dentist will recommend a custom treatment plan.
Learn More About Scaling and Root Planing Today
The Liberia Dental Care team is passionate about promoting good oral health. To learn more about how scaling and root planing benefits you, contact us today! Call 703-969-5774 or book an appointment online. Our dental office proudly accepts new patients and most insurances are accepted.