Scaling and Root Planing


When it comes to maintaining optimal oral health, routine dental cleanings are crucial. Yet, there are instances when a standard cleaning might not suffice. In such cases, a procedure called scaling and root planing (also known as deep cleaning) becomes necessary to combat more advanced gum disease and restore your dental health. Let's delve deeper into what this procedure entails, what to expect, its benefits, and some frequently asked questions.

What is Scaling and Root Planing?

Scaling and root planing is a specialized dental procedure aimed at treating gum disease, particularly in its advanced stages. It involves a deep cleaning of the teeth and gums, targeting areas where plaque and tartar buildup has caused inflammation, infection, and even pockets between the teeth and gums.

Expectations During the Procedure

Evaluation: Initially, your dentist will assess the severity of your gum disease through X-rays and visual examination.
Numbing: Local anesthesia may be administered to ensure comfort during the procedure.
Scaling: The removal of plaque and tartar deposits from the tooth surface and below the gum line.
Root Planing: Smoothing out the tooth roots to prevent bacterial reattachment and facilitate gum reattachment.

Benefits of Scaling and Root Planing

Halting Disease Progression: This procedure helps stop the advancement of gum disease, preventing potential tooth loss.
Improved Gum Health: By eliminating bacterial buildup, it promotes healthier gums and reduces inflammation.
Prevents Further Complications: Scaling and root planing can prevent the need for more invasive treatments like surgery in severe cases.

Scaling and Root Planing FAQ

In Conclusion

Scaling and root planing is an effective treatment for advanced gum disease, providing a path to improved oral health and preventing further complications. Regular dental check-ups and early intervention are key to avoiding the need for such intensive procedures. Consultation with your dentist is crucial to determine the best course of action for your dental health.

At Sunshine Dental, our experienced team is dedicated to providing comprehensive care tailored to your needs. Contact us to schedule an appointment and take a proactive step towards a healthier smile!

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