Periodontal scaling and root planing is a specialized type of dental cleaning that is performed to prevent and/or treat periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. It is performed in two parts: scaling and root planing. Since gum disease is primarily caused by excess plaque and bacteria buildup along the gum line that ultimately leads to gum inflammation, periodontal scaling is used to remove this buildup in order to prevent infection or to promote healing. Periodontal scaling can be regularly performed as a maintenance treatment, while root planing is generally only performed when the gums have receded and exposed the roots.
Did you know…
There are two different forms of gum disease known as gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is a mild form that primarily affects the gums, while periodontitis is an advanced form that can affect the periodontal ligament, cementum, and alveolar bone. Periodontal scaling and root planing helps to prevent and treat both.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need periodontal scaling and root planing?
It is recommended to have regular periodontal scaling performed to remove excess bacteria, plaque, and tartar that accumulates along the gum line. However, you will need periodontal scaling AND root planing if Dr. Sanket Upadhyay diagnoses you with gum disease. Possible symptoms of gum disease can include one or more of the following:
- Gum recession (teeth may look longer or larger than usual)
- Gums that bleed easily while brushing, flossing, or eating
- New spaces between the teeth
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Loose teeth
In some cases, you may not even know you have gum disease until having a dental exam since early stages of gum disease don’t always produce noticeable symptoms. To determine if you have periodontal disease or are in need of a periodontal cleaning, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sanket Upadhyay at Birch Point Dental Clinic today.
What should I expect during a scaling and root planing?
Periodontal scaling and root planing is a two-part teeth cleaning procedure that is sometimes known as a deep cleaning. During the scaling part, a metal or water scaler is used to gently scrape off excess plaque, tartar, and bacteria from the entire front and back surface of your teeth. Special attention is paid to the periodontal pockets along the gum line to ensure that plaque and tartar are removed from these pockets. Once the teeth and periodontal pockets have been thoroughly cleaned, then the second part is root planing. During root planing, the exposed tooth roots are smoothed out. This helps to prevent future bacterial accumulation and encourages the gums to attach themselves back on the tooth roots.
How often do I need periodontal scaling and root planing?
For most people, it is recommended to have periodontal scaling performed at least twice a year. However, Dr. Sanket Upadhyay may recommend more frequent cleanings consisting of periodontal scaling and root planing if you have an advanced case that requires an aggressive treatment approach. It is also important to be sure to practice good oral hygiene in between cleanings to decrease the amount of plaque and bacteria along the gums.
Call today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Sanket Upadhyay at Birch Point Dental Clinic. Located in the Bay & Algoma neighborhood, our location allows you to have your teeth looked at while also providing the opportunity to shop local and enjoy spaghetti take out at the famous Italian Cultural Centre across the street.