Effective Scaling and Root Planing Treatments

At Sierra Nevada Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we provide scaling and root planing treatments, a fundamental non-surgical approach to treating gum disease. Our experienced periodontists utilize advanced techniques to deeply cleanse below the gumline, helping to restore gum health and prevent the progression of periodontal disease.

What is Scaling and Root Planing?

Scaling and root planing are deep cleaning procedures that remove plaque and tartar from below the gumline, where regular brushing and flossing cannot reach. Scaling involves scraping away these deposits from the teeth and below the gums, while root planing smooths the tooth root to help the gums reattach to the teeth, reducing the depth of gum pockets.

Benefits of Scaling and Root Planing

  • Reduces Inflammation: Helps reduce gum swelling and bleeding.
  • Prevents Disease Progression: Stops the progression of periodontal disease by removing bacterial habitats.
  • Eliminates Bad Breath: Addresses halitosis caused by bacteria beneath the gum line.
  • Improves Overall Oral Health: Aids in the preservation of natural teeth and reduces risks associated with periodontal disease.

The Scaling and Root Planing Procedure Explained

  1. Assessment and Planning: Our periodontists evaluate your gum health and determine the extent of cleaning needed.
  2. Anesthesia: Local anesthesia may be applied to ensure comfort during the treatment.
  3. Scaling Procedure: Specialized tools are used to meticulously remove plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline.
  4. Root Planing Procedure: The tooth roots are smoothed to promote healing and reattachment of the gums.
  5. Recovery and Aftercare: Instructions are provided for home care to support healing and prevent reinfection.

Who Needs Scaling and Root Planing?

Scaling and root planing is recommended for patients who:

  • Show signs of moderate to severe gum disease (periodontitis).
  • Experience chronic gum inflammation and bleeding.
  • Have deep periodontal pockets that trap food and bacteria.

In-Depth FAQs About Scaling and Root Planing

Is scaling and root planing painful?

With the use of local anesthesia, the discomfort during the procedure is minimized. Some sensitivity might be experienced post-treatment, which typically subsides within a few days.

How often do I need scaling and root planing?

The frequency of treatment depends on the severity of the gum disease and how well the initial treatment outcomes are maintained. Some patients may require more frequent cleanings to manage periodontitis effectively.

What should I expect after the procedure?

It is normal to experience some tenderness and swelling. Patients are advised to eat soft foods and avoid smoking or rigorous brushing in the treated areas for a few days.

Are there any risks associated with scaling and root planing?

While the procedure is safe, some risks include temporary increased tooth sensitivity, and in rare cases, infection, which can be managed with proper care and follow-up.

How long does the procedure take?

The duration can vary depending on the extent of gum disease, but typically it is completed in one to two visits, each lasting about an hour.

Will scaling and root planing cure gum disease?

While it significantly reduces the burden of bacteria and helps halt the progression of periodontal disease, ongoing maintenance and proper oral hygiene are crucial for long-term management.

Can scaling and root planing prevent tooth loss?

Yes, by addressing the underlying infection and encouraging the reattachment of gums to the teeth, scaling and root planing can play a crucial role in preventing tooth loss associated with advanced gum disease.

How can I maintain results after scaling and root planing?

Maintaining diligent oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing, and using an antibacterial mouthwash, along with attending scheduled follow-up appointments, are essential.

Schedule Your Gum Health Evaluation

To determine if scaling and root planing is right for you, or if you are experiencing signs of gum disease, contact Sierra Nevada Periodontics and Implant Dentistry today. Our team is committed to providing comprehensive care to help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health. Schedule your consultation to learn more about how we can assist you in combating gum disease.