Scaling & Root Planing

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Scaling & Root Planing In Arden-Arcade

What Is Scaling & Root Planing

Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical periodontal treatment that involves deep cleaning of the teeth and gums to remove plaque, tartar, and bacterial toxins. The procedure is aimed at preventing and treating gum disease, particularly for patients with deep periodontal pockets and early stages of periodontitis.

Scaling refers to the process of removing plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces, including the area below the gumline. This is done using specialized dental instruments like scalers or ultrasonic devices.

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Root planing focuses on smoothing and cleaning the tooth root surfaces. By eliminating rough spots and removing bacterial toxins, it promotes healing and helps the gum tissue reattach to the tooth, reducing pocket depths and preventing further gum disease progression.

Scaling and root planing is usually performed under local anesthesia and may require multiple appointments, depending on the severity of the gum disease. Regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene practices are essential in maintaining the results of this treatment and preventing further gum issues.

When Do You Need Teeth Scaling & Root Planing? 

Your dentist may advise teeth scaling and root planing if you exhibit signs of chronic periodontal disease. These procedures aim to halt the detrimental effects of the disease and maintain your oral health.

Chronic periodontal disease arises when bacteria in plaque cause your gums to recede from your teeth, leading to the formation of deep pockets between your teeth and gums. These pockets become breeding grounds for more bacteria, which are unreachable with regular teeth brushing at home. This highlights the importance of regular flossing to clean hard-to-reach areas.

If left unaddressed, chronic periodontal disease can result in:

  • Bone and tissue loss
  • Tooth loss
  • Loose teeth
  • Shifting teeth

Deep pockets between your gums and teeth are a common symptom of chronic periodontal disease, but other indicators include:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Inflamed, red, or tender gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Shifting permanent teeth
  • Changes in your bite

5 Benefits Of Scaling & Root Planing

  • Prevents Tooth Decay
  • Protects Your Tooth Roots
  • Stops Gum Infection
  • Prevents Tooth Loss
  • Gets Rid Of Halitosis (Chronic Bad Breath)

5 Benefits Of Scaling & Root Planing


  • Prevents Tooth Decay
  • Protects Your Tooth Roots
  • Stops Gum Infection
  • Prevents Tooth Loss
  • Gets Rid Of Halitosis (Chronic Bad Breath)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Scaling and root planing is performed under local anesthesia, which numbs the area being treated. Patients may experience some discomfort, but the procedure is generally painless. 



Scaling and root planing is typically performed on patients with periodontal disease or those at risk of developing it. The procedure may also be carried out for various reasons, including instances where there is a significant accumulation of plaque beneath the gum line.



The duration of scaling and root planing depends on the severity of gum disease and the amount of tartar buildup. It may require multiple appointments, with each session typically lasting 45 minutes to an hour.