SEVEN HILLS DENTAL
Family, Orthodontic & Implant Dentistry
Periodontal Scaling & Root Planing
The objective of scaling and root planing is to remove etiologic agents which cause inflammation. Commonly, this includes dental plaque or tartar (calculus).
These non-surgical procedures which cleanse the periodontium, work very effectively for individuals suffering from gingivitis (mild gum inflammation) and moderate/severe disease.
Reasons for scaling and root planing
Scaling and root planing can be used both as a preventative measure or on their own. These procedures will help you maintain good oral hygiene in the long run, or if your teeth are already suffering from an illness that has caused them to become sensitive like periodontitis .
Here are some reasons why these dental procedures may be necessary:
What do scaling and root planing treatments involve?
A thorough examination of the mouth will determine if scaling and root planing treatments are needed. X-rays, visual examinations or any other tests may be conducted before recommending them in order to make a diagnosis on what type of procedure is best for you at this time.
Depending on the current condition of the gums, the amount of calculus (tartar) present, local anesthetic can be used to numb the area and provide relief for moderate periodontitis.
Itching may be a symptom of gum disease. If this is the case, your dentist or hygienist will prescribe antibiotics to soothe irritation and help heal it quickly! During future appointments they'll check how well these procedures worked in healing you can tell if there are still deep pockets present by measuring them with their instruments after every cleaning session
If 3mm depth remains despite our best efforts then additional treatment methods will likely become necessary which could include scaling rather than just trimming excess skin around each tooth.