Scaling and Root Planing, otherwise known as “a deep cleaning,” is a procedure in which your health care provider will clean and remove bacteria from your teeth. Unlike a regular cleaning, this treatment will focus inside the “pockets” around your teeth, the space between your gums and the roots of your teeth.
IS SCALING & ROOT PLANING NECESSARY?
Bacteria located underneath your gums are extremely difficult to access with conventional “at-home” products (such as toothbrushes and floss). Because of this, your dental provider will use their advanced training and equipment specifically designed for addressing bacteria in this hard-to-reach area.
If left alone, bacteria in this area will steadily worsen and result in such conditions as bone loss, tooth mobility and eventually tooth loss. Additionally, it has been repeatedly proven that bacteria left alone in gum pockets can contribute to medical conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
IS SCALING & ROOT PLANING PAINFUL?
Scaling & Root planning is always performed with local anesthesia, to ensure patient discomfort is minimized. Unlike regular cleanings which are above the gums, Nitrous Oxide (Laughing gas) can also be administered to reduce anxiety if preferred.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR GUMS TO HEAL AFTERWORDS?
Patients may experience tenderness in the gums for a few days after treatment. Normally this is a minimal annoyance that lasts for a few days before healing back to normal. Most patients are able to resume normal activities the same day as the procedure. Some patients may be advised to use a soft food diet for a few days while the gums heal.
HOW MUCH DOES SCALING & ROOT PLANING COST?
Park Dentistry works with most dental insurances. Our team will run a complimentary benefits check for you at the time of your visit. Click here to contact us, and we would be happy to answer your additional questions.