What is Scaling and Root Planing?

Scaling and root planing is a procedure that helps get rid of gum disease as well as removing calculus that is below the gum line. Gum disease is a serious condition with potentially irreversible side effects. It is not something to be taken lightly. Your dentist or dental hygienist should always help you be aware of the current health of your gums and teeth. Gum diseases has many side effects including, but not limited to, bone loss, loss of teeth, bleeding gums and bad breath.

How Do I Know If I Need Scaling and Root Planing?

Your dental hygienist or dentist are the only ones who can tell you for sure if you need scaling and root planing. During your dental exam they will do what is called periodontal probing. This is measuring the depth of the bone in several different areas. When probing comes back higher than normal they know that the gums are either very swollen, or that bone has been lost. Both of these things are normally caused by a gum infection or gum disease. Bone loss is irreversible which is a good reason to see your dentist regularly. If you are starting to develop gum disease you will want to take care of it right away.

Do I Need to Have Scaling and Root Planing Done If I Have Gum Disease?

The answer here is yes! Gum disease has side effects that can not be undone and that can lead to you losing your natural teeth. If your dental hygienist tells you that you have gum disease, you should get it taken care of as quickly as possible. The typical process of getting rid of gum disease is by having scaling and root planing done and then following up with periodontal maintenance. Once the gum disease is cleared out, good home and dental habits can keep your gums and teeth healthy. If your gums have been sensitive or if they have been bleeding, call us today to take care of the issue as quickly as possible!

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