Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What Is Perio Scaling And Root Planing

Scaling and root planing is the removal of  dental plaque and tartar, which house bacteria that releases toxins which cause inflammation to the gum tissue and surrounding bone.

There are two different types of methods your dentist can use. Mechanical , involving dental tools to scrape away debris or ultrasonic, where a tiny vibrating wand breaks up plaque and cleans the teeth. Some times the dentist will combine the two methods.

During this process your dentist or hygienist will numb the gums and tooth roots with a local anesthesia. Your dentist or hygienist will use one of the methods above to remove the debris from above and below the gum line(Scaling) then smooth out the rough spots on the roots of the teeth(Root Planing). 

The whole procedure can be done in one visit, although generally a quadrant (1/4 of the mouth) is recommended per appointment. You can expect your gums to be tender after the anesthesia wears off.

Continue to brush/floss daily and continue your routine checkups every 6 months for a healthy smile!

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