Root Planing and Scaling: The Deep Cleaning Process

At University Dental Arts, we are committed to helping patients in the greater Denver area achieve excellent dental health and wellness. This includes the latest in advanced restorative dentistry to ennhance dental health. That said, the old standbys are still important when it comes to general dental wellness, which is why root planing and scaling is important for achieving excellent dental health results.

What is root planing and scaling?

Also known as deep cleaning, root planing and scaling is an important part of achieving good dental health and wellness. This process involves the removal of plaque and tartar deposits down at the gumline. By performing root planing and scaling, dentists are able to prevent and treat tooth decay and gum disease, helping their patients be their healthiest and smile with confidence.

How does root planing and scaling differ from traditional dental cleanings?

While some people may assume that root planing and scaling is synonymous with a routine dental cleaning, that is not the case at all. In fact, they are quite different.

During a routine dental cleaning, the teeth are flossed, an electric toothbrush is used to polish the teeth thoroughly, and minimal scraping is involved.

By comparison, root planing and scaling gets deep down to the gumline to ensure that it is free from plaque and tartar, and it involves more precise and targeted scraping.

Ideal Candidates for Root Planing and Scaling

The best candidates for root planing and scaling are people who have significant build up of plaque and tartar along the gumline. They should have realistic expectations about the nature of treatment and what it entails, and also have a positive understanding of how the procedure helps prevent future dental health issues.

The Root Planing and Scaling Procedure

During root planing and scaling, local anesthetic is used in order to minimize pain and discomfort. Only one-quarter to one-half of the mouth is treated in a session in order to ensure reasonable treatment times. Breaking up treatment like this also reduces the inconvenience that patients face after treatment with regard to local anesthetic used on the mouth.

While root planing and scaling are often thought of as synonymous, there are actually two distinct actions. Root scaling is the removal of plaque and tartar, while root planing is smoothing out of root surfaces once infected or damaged tooth structure has been removed.

What to Expect After Root Planing and Scaling Treatment

After root planing and scaling treatment is completed, patients can expect temporary tooth sensitivity and tender gums. Avoiding foods and beverages that are hot or cold will prevent issues with tooth sensitivity, as will avoiding spicy foods. Patients should brush and floss at night as usual, though they should be extra-gentle.

Contact University Dental Arts

If you would like more information about root planing and scaling and how it can help you have a healthier and more beautiful smile, be sure to schedule a consultation at our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The team here at University Dental Arts looks forward to your visit and helping you achieve optimal dental health and wellness.

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