What is it?
Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning below the gumline used to treat gum disease, or periodontal disease.
Why do I need it?
Gum disease is caused by a sticky film of bacteria called plaque. Plaque is always forming on your teeth, but if they aren’t cleaned well, the bacteria in plaque can cause your gums to become inflamed. When this happens, your gums will pull away from your teeth and form spaces called pockets. Plaque then gets trapped in these pockets and cannot be removed with regular brushing. If untreated, gum disease could lead to bone and tooth loss.
What can I expect during the procedure?
This deep cleaning has two parts. Scaling is when your dentist removes all the plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) above and below the gumline, making sure to clean all the way down to the bottom of the pocket. We will then begin root planing, smoothing out your teeth roots to help your gums reattach to your teeth. Scaling and root planing may take more than one visit to complete and may require a local anesthetic.
What can I expect post-procedure?
After a deep cleaning, you may have pain for a day or two and teeth sensitivity for up to a week. Some patients’ gums may feel swollen, tender, and may bleed easily.
To prevent infection, control pain or help you heal, Dr. Merlino may prescribe medication or mouth rinse.
We will schedule another visit to see how your gums have healed and measure the depth of your pockets. If they have gotten deeper, more treatment may be needed.
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