Scaling & root planing is a dental procedure that involves thoroughly cleaning the gum and teeth to eliminate plaque. We recommend scaling and root planing to patients who have gum disease or periodontists as they typically have an excessive build-up of plaque.
Dental or tooth plaque is a sticky film that covers teeth. It forms as a result of the food that we eat. Over time, improper dental hygiene may cause the accumulation of dental plaque. When this plaque accumulates and hardens over time, it turns to tartar. Bacteria thrive in the presence of plaque and tartar, leading to detrimental effects on your overall oral health. Tooth decay and cavities, bad breath, and gum disease are all caused by the accumulation of plaque, tartar, and bacteria in your mouth.
At home, you can get rid of everyday dental plaque through regular brushing and flossing. Tartar, on the other hand, is harder to remove at home. That is because tartar usually hardens close to the gums, and getting rid of it in the absence of a dental professional may result in gum injuries.
At Grafton Dental in Pleasant Hill, CA, we perform scaling and root planing on patients at various stages of tartar accumulation and periodontal disease. We guarantee clean and healthy gums at the end of your scaling and root planing appointments.
Scaling involves the deep cleaning of your teeth and gums to eliminate the plaque that has formed over time. For this procedure, our dentist in Pleasant Hill, CA, will scrape off the plaque from your teeth and gums using a dental scaler and curette.
After the deep cleaning, we’ll perform root planing, which is a smoothing of the tooth roots to ensure easy reattachment of the gums. We use local anesthesia to reduce discomfort during these procedures.
Depending on the severity of your gum disease, you may require several appointments before we scale and plane your entire mouth. For patients who have extremely severe gum disease, we prefer to schedule at least four appointments during which we work on a portion of the mouth.
At Grafton Dental, we highly recommend scaling & root planning as it helps you avoid the long-term effects of gum disease, which include severe tooth loss. If you’re in Pleasant Hill, CA, give us a call today, and let’s clean those gums. We also offer services in surrounding locations of Walnut Creek, Concord, Martinez, Lafayette for scaling and root planing services.