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What Is Scaling And Root Planing?


Posted on 1/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Close up 3D rendering of dirty teeth being cleaned and restored by a dental toolIf you have learned you have gum disease, you may know that you will need scaling and root planing is done on your teeth to keep them healthy. If you don't know what scaling and root planing are, here is a brief description of why this procedure is so essential to good dental health.

An Explanation


Scaling and root planing go together in one dental procedure. Scaling means that a dental practitioner scrapes the tartar and plaque from your teeth and gums, even below the gum line. That's because you can't remove the tartar yourself; it must be removed through dental tools. When dentists remove the tartar, they eliminate a large source of infection along your gumline.

In root planing, a dentist smooths your tooth roots, so that your tooth roots and your tooth will rejoin. This is essential for keeping your teeth connected to your gums and jawbone. Without root planing, the chances you are going to lose your teeth are much higher.

Is It Necessary?


No dentist is going to recommend scaling and root planing unless you have signs of advanced gum disease. In advanced gum disease, pockets develop between your teeth and gums, and these pockets can become filled with decay and bacteria that make gum disease worse. When you get your teeth deep cleaned through scaling and root planing, you are eliminating a lot of tartar and bacteria, which helps your teeth and gums stay healthy.

If you are concerned about the procedure and whether you'll experience any discomfort or pain, you need to discuss your preoccupations with the dentist. Many patients undergo scaling and root planing with sedative medication in order to relax them. Be sure and ask a dentist if this procedure is right for you, and whether or not they think you may need medication.


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