Scaling and Root Planing

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Scaling and Root Planing: Deep Cleaning for Healthy Smiles

What is Scaling and Root Planing?

Scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning, is a non-surgical procedure designed to combat gum disease (periodontitis). It involves the meticulous removal of plaque and tartar buildup from both above and below the gum line, creating a clean and healthy environment for your teeth and gum tissue.

Who Needs Scaling and Root Planing?

At East Peak Dental, we understand that life can sometimes get in the way, causing delays in your dental care routine. If it's been several years since your last dental visit, you're not alone. We're here to help you get back on track to optimal oral health. Scaling and root planing is a powerful procedure that can rejuvenate your gum health, even if it's been a while since your last appointment.

  • Individuals with generalized tartar buildup with severe inflammation and increased gum pocketing.
  • Individuals with mild to moderate periodontitis to remove harmful bacteria and promote gum healing.
  • Individuals with deep periodontal pockets where regular cleaning is insufficient.

What to Expect During the Procedure:

  1. Initial Consultation: Our dental team will assess your gum health, determine the extent of treatment needed, and thoroughly discuss the procedure with you.
  2. Local Anesthetic: Depending on your comfort level, a local anesthetic may be administered to numb the treatment area to ensure you're fully comfortable during the procedure.
  3. Plaque and Tartar Removal: Using ultrasonic scalers or manual instruments, the dentist or hygienist meticulously removes plaque and tartar buildup from the tooth surfaces and deep within the gum pockets.
  4. Root Planing: The rough surfaces of the tooth roots are smoothed to remove any remaining tartar and promote gum reattachment.
  5. Antiseptic Rinse: The treated area may be rinsed with an antiseptic solution to eliminate bacteria.
  6. Follow-Up Care: Depending on the severity of your gum disease, multiple appointments may be necessary to complete the treatment. Our team will also provide specific instructions for caring for your teeth and maintaining good oral hygiene at home.

Benefits of Scaling and Root Planing:

  • Reduces gum inflammation and bleeding.
  • Halts the progression of gum disease.
  • Promotes gum reattachment to the teeth.
  • Improves overall oral health.
  • Fresher breath.
  • May prevent tooth loss.

Ready to take the first step toward healthier gums and teeth? Contact East Peak Dental to schedule an appointment today and discuss your individual scaling and root planing needs. Let's work together to maintain your radiant smile!