Dental Scaling & Root Planing
What is Scaling and Root planing?
Scaling, in simple terms means cleaning of the teeth to rid them of their tartar and plaque. Root planing means smoothing out the roots of your teeth to help your gums reattach to your teeth.
It is routinely performed to help patients with gum disease and excessive plaque buildup. The process of scaling and root planing the teeth is often referred to as a deep cleaning. Root planing smooths the surface of the root so the gums can reattach properly.
When is scaling and root planing necessary?
If you start to develop gum disease then the tissue surrounding the teeth will start to loosen. Normally healthy gums are attached to the tooth about 1 to 3 millimeters below the gum line. In the situation of gum disease, deeper pockets start to develop and these pockets can get filled with plaque, giving rise to bad breath and loosening your tooth.
If you have pockets of 4 millimeters or more, then it is recommended to have scaling to remove the plaque beneath the gum line and help treat the gum disease.
How long is the procedure and would I need an anaesthetic?
It can take more than one visit to complete depending upon the condition of your teeth and gums. Dental scaling can be uncomfortable, particularly if you have sensitive gums and may require a local anesthetic.
How many visits would I need?
Dental scaling can be done in one visit though it can take more than one also. At each visit, one quadrant of the mouth is dealt with. Some dentists divide the mouth into four quadrants, while others will perform dental scaling in two halves. It all depends what the condition of the gums is. You do not want all of your mouth to be sore afterwards, as you need a comfortable area in the mouth to eat, while the area where the scaling and root planing is done heals and recovers.
Will scaling make my teeth whiter?
No scaling does not whiten your teeth. It removes the extrinsic stains and the deposits from your teeth making your teeth look cleaner and restoring the natural shade of your teeth.
Will my tartar go away with hard brushing?
Brushing should always be done gently after learning and practicing the correct technique of brushing. Hard brushing does not make the tarter go away.
How frequently should I brush my teeth?
Twice a day.
How frequently do I need scaling of my teeth?
Your dentist will decide the condition of your teeth and gums and advise you a scaling if required.
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What to expect after Dental Scaling and Root planing
- Your mouth may feel sore and sensitive after your dental scaling and root planing.
- Some patients experience swelling or bleeding for a few days following the procedure.
- A second visit after your dental scaling is necessary
- to assess and examine the gums
- measure the depth of your gum pockets.
- to ensure that your mouth is healing properly.