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What is Scaling and Root Planing and How Can I Avoid It?
Posted on 9/23/2016 by Dr. Dennison
When we mention scaling and root planing sometimes people get nervous. We understand, it sounds spooky, complex, maybe even painful. Fortunately, it is none of these things - it's just not a well-known procedure.
That being said, if at all possible you do want to avoid needing root planing the same way you want to avoid cavities and braces. However, sometimes it's just one of those things that you end up needing despite your best efforts.
What is Scaling and Root Planing?
Scaling and root planning is a procedure wherein we removed plaque and tartar that has built up on the teeth and the roots of teeth, underneath the gum line.
Most of the time when such buildup is present a patient has what is known as gum disease. Gum disease is a condition where, due to bacterial buildup on the teeth and roots, the gums have become infected and bleed easily. Usually gum disease is hard for a person to realize they have because there is no discomfort associated with it.
The scaling part of the procedure is a very common dental procedure where we simply remove the plaque and tartar that has built up on your teeth. Root planing is the unique part of the procedure.
When we plane the roots of your teeth we use a special metal instrument to remove the plaque and tartar below the gum line. Not only has the buildup of plaque been infecting your gums it has been physically irritating them.
Plaque and tartar is bumpy and sometimes jagged, so it's common for it to irritate your gums. We will smooth out the roots of your teeth so that the infection can die down.
How can I Avoid It?
The best way to avoid needing scaling and root planing is by taking good care of your teeth with a positive oral health routine. Unfortunately, there is no magic cure that will prevent it forever - only regular brushing and flossing and being mindful of what you eat.
Please contact us if you have any questions about scaling and root planing.