Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling & Root Planing, also known as conventional periodontal therapy, non-surgical periodontal therapy, or deep cleaning, is the process of removing or eliminating dental plaque from your teeth. Because your teeth are living bone, they need to be protected. Plaque causes the cells in your teeth to break down and in turn, it creates gum inflammation. The net result is bone lose and possible periodontal disease.
During this procedure we simply remove the plaque and stains from the crown and surface of the teeth. This deep cleaning process will help eliminate risk of disease and protect your teeth from decay.
“Root planing and scaling is one of the most effective ways to treat gum disease before it becomes severe. Root planing and scaling cleans between the gums and the teeth down to the roots. Your dentist may need to use a local anesthetic to numb your gums and the roots of your teeth. Some dentists and dental hygienists will use an ultrasonic tool for the planing and scaling. This tool is not as uncomfortable as a standard scraping tool, but not all cleanings require this type of tool.” -WebMD
Please contact us if you feel like your teeth need a deep cleaning!