We often think of scaling and root planing as dental procedures that are only necessary for severe cases of gum disease. Yet, this is not the case. Scaling and root planning are essential to prevent plaque from building up on your teeth, leading to cavities or other problems in the mouth. In order to keep your teeth healthy, it’s best to schedule regular appointments with our office.
What is Scaling?
Scaling is the process of removing plaque and tartar from the surfaces of teeth. It is usually performed with an ultrasonic scaler or a hand scaler. Ultrasonic scalers use high-frequency sound waves to break up plaque and tartar, while hand scalers use metal instruments to scrape the deposits off of teeth. Both methods are effective in removing plaque and tartar buildup.
What is Root Planing?
Root planing is a procedure that smooths the root surfaces. It removes plaque and calculus from beneath the gum line, preventing further damage to your teeth caused by bacteria building up in these spaces. The dentist may also use an antibacterial solution during this process to continue fighting infection after scaling has occurred.
How Does Scaling & Root Planing Work?
The dentist will first use ultrasonic scalers or hand scalers with metal instruments to remove any build-up on the surface of your teeth. Then they will apply an antibacterial solution for additional protection against infection before finishing up with root planning. This smooths down rough areas on roots beneath the gum line, where bacteria accumulate. It helps to stop the build-up of plaque and tartar in these areas.
If you suffer from chronic gum disease, it’s important to find a Scaling and Root Planing specialist that can help you. After a thorough examination, your dentist will be able to determine if you require scaling and root planning. If so, they’ll discuss the necessary treatment options with you during follow-up appointments for further observation.
When to Schedule a Scaling and Root Planing Appointment
Most patients should schedule a scaling and root planing appointment every six months. However, if you have a history of gum disease or are at high risk of developing it, your dentist may recommend more frequent visits.
If you’re overdue for a cleaning, don’t put it off any longer. Contact our dentists to schedule an appointment for scaling and root planing.
How Much Do Scaling and Root Planing Cost?
The cost of scaling and root planing will vary depending on the dentist, the location, and the severity of your gum disease. However, it is generally a less expensive procedure than a full-mouth restoration.
Schedule an Appointment
If you’re experiencing any of the signs or symptoms of gum disease, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment for scaling and root planing. This procedure can help prevent further damage to your teeth and keep them healthy and looking their best. Call our office or contact us online to schedule your scaling and root planing appointment.