FAQs and Answers About Scaling and Root Planing

FAQs and Answers About Scaling and Root Planing

Gum disease is one of the most common oral health issues among American adults. Unfortunately, it often goes untreated in its early stages of gingivitis where simple dental hygiene modifications can often resolve symptoms. When gum disease progresses to later stages, it will require more specialized care to treat. Scaling and root planing is one treatment your dentist may recommend to address periodontitis in its more advanced stages. Keep reading to get some answers to common questions patients have before treatment.

When is scaling and root planing necessary?

Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning procedure that will address damage below the gumline, which is not treated in a regular cleaning. You will need scaling and root planing if you have untreated gum disease that has led to the development of plaque and tartar below the gumline on the roots of the teeth. During scaling and root planing, the dentist will remove plaque and tartar with a special tool to reach into gum pockets beneath the gumline. Then, the tooth roots will be smoothed out to promote a better bond to the gum tissue.

Will this treatment hurt?

Local anesthesia will be used to minimize discomfort during the scaling and root planing procedure. Afterwards, you may have increased sensitivity and inflammation. However, you are likely to experience much less discomfort with eating, brushing, and flossing after your gums heal from treatment.

Does scaling and root planing require special aftercare?

You may need to schedule several visits to the dentist for scaling and root planing. After each treatment, you can go back to your routine right away, but you may need to adjust your diet to accommodate increased sensitivity and swelling. Your dentist may also prescribe a special rinse to minimize the risk of infection.

Regular visits to the dentist can help prevent gum disease. Whether you need a simple checkup or more specialized periodontal care, John R. Carson, DDS can provide the exceptional dental care you need in Tucson. Call our office at 520-514-7203 to schedule your next cleaning and checkup.