Scaling and Root Planing

This is a deeper cleaning that is sometimes required when periodontal disease is present. Regular dental checkups are important because sometimes the disease is not apparent. Some of the warning signs are bleeding gums, gums that are red and have pulled away from your teeth, bad breath and loose teeth that may not fit together well when you bite. Call your dental office if you are having any of these symptoms. Scaling and root planing, also known as “periodontal” or “deep” cleaning, is a non-surgical method that is used to remove plaque and tartar below the gum line. This procedure helps to heal gum tissue and shrink periodontal pockets around the teeth. You may need to come back for multiple visits, and antibiotics may be required to help control infection.

Periodontal Maintenance

Once scaling and root planing is completed, and your periodontal disease is under control, it is critical that you have periodontal maintenance procedures performed by your dentist or hygienist. Due to periodontal disease making it more difficult for you to keep plaque off of your teeth and below your gum line, you may need to come back more frequently (every 2-4 months) to have this deeper cleaning.

As you progress through the healing phases, recommendations in appointment frequency may change. Every patient has distinctive needs, and your dentist will discuss these with you in detail.

If your planner is filled weeks in advance and you need a visit to the Dentist, give us a call. With early morning hours, noon appointments and downtown availability, we can accommodate your busy schedule and get you back to tackling the challenges of everyday life!