Scaling and Root Planing
What is scaling and root planning?
Scaling and root planning is a process for deep cleaning teeth. The dentist administers local anesthesia before beginning the process. The dentist then proceeds to remove all the plaque and tartar deposit from above and below the gum line.
Why do you need scaling and root planning?
There are many causes for getting a periodontal scaling and root planning done.
- By deep cleaning teeth, the bacterial plaque and tartar buildup are reduced and effectively removed.
- Periodontal scaling prevents gum tissue and bones from being destroyed by harmful toxins and deposits.
What are the symptoms?
There are many distinctive steps of gum disease and plaque formation. If you notice any of the following you should opt for immediate periodontal scaling:
- Your gums bleeding when you brush your teeth
- If your gums seem to pull away from the teeth
- If your teeth loosen
- There is pus between your teeth and gums
- Pain while chewing food
- Extreme sensitivity
- Constant foul breath or ill-fitting partial dentures
- Red, swollen or tender gums
What is used for deep cleaning teeth
- Manual Scaling- Hand scalers are fine instruments that are used for deep cleaning teeth.
- Ultrasonic Scaling- An ultrasonic scaler is used, which oscillates at very high vibrations.
- Deep cleaning-Certain fine devices and ultrasonic instruments are used to remove all toxic deposits.