What is a root planing procedure?
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure to treat patients with periodontal (gum) disease. When bacteria invades the gum tissue, infection can occur leading to loss of supporting bone. Untreated, this bone loss can lead to a loss of teeth and alteration of function for the entire mouth. A "normal" cleaning or prophylaxis is unable to treat the underlying infection because of its depth under the gumline. Scaling and root planing is a specialized cleaning procedure prescribed to patients when surgical treatment isn't yet indicated. All of our periodontist and hygienists are providers of scaling and root planing. The root structures and open gum pockets surrounding the tooth structure are thoroughly cleaned utilizing hand instruments and ultrasonic scalers to remove the bacteria-causing infection. Our doctors and hygienist use local anesthetic in the areas being treated to assure the patient is comfortable to provide the best treatment possible.
Root planing is typically one of the first steps in treating gum and bone disease (periodontal disease).
WHAT TO EXPECT FOLLOWING:
After scaling and root planing is completed, patients can experience some tenderness and bleeding of the gums. Most discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers. Patients are educated on the importance of oral hygiene practices at home to assist in the success of scaling and root planing. Four to six weeks later, the periodontist will re-evaluate the areas where the infection was present prior to the scaling and root planing. If pockets of infection persist, surgical treatments can be prescribed to further treat any remaining areas of infection. After all prescribed treatments are completed, patients are then placed on a maintenance recall schedule to help maintain their new found gum health.