Scaling & Root Planing
What is scaling and root planing?
Scaling and root planning, or a "deep cleaning," is a non-surgical periodontal therapy that removes accessible calculus (tartar), bacterial toxins, and etioligcal agents that cause inflammation to the gum tissue and surrounding bone. The goal of scaling and root planing is to eliminate disease and return the supporting structures of the teeth to a healthy state that can be maintained by home care and professional maintenance appointments at our office.
Benefits of Scaling and Root Planing:
- Systemic Disease Prevention – The oral bacteria that are found in periodontal infections can travel via the blood stream to other parts of the body. Research has shown that lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, low birth weight babies, and other health concerns have been linked to periodontal disease.
- Reduced Inflammation and Bleeding – Reducing the amount of inflammation in the oral cavity is imperative for optimal oral health. When gum pockets are inflamed and exceed 3mm, there is a greater risk of periodontal disease because they tend to house more bacteria. The body's inflammatory response to the bacteria begins to destroy gingival and bone tissue, which eventually leads to tooth loss.
- Better Breath – One of the most common signs of periodontal disease is halitosis or bad breath. Scaling and root planing helps alleviate persistent bad odor in the mouth by removing food particles and bacteria.
- Cosmetic Effects – As an added bonus, if superficial stains are present on the teeth, they will be removed in the process of scaling and root planing. Teeth that once appeared stained can become shades lighter after scaling and root planing!