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Scaling And Root Planing In Granite Bay

When you visit a dental professional for a teeth cleaning, you have experienced scaling of the gumline and teeth to remove plaque, tartar, and stains. This dental procedure is done to ensure proper oral health of the gums and teeth. If you have cosmetic symptoms of periodontal disease also known as gum disease, the periodontist may suggest a more indepth dental cleaning called scaling and root planing.

When Should I Get Scaling and Root Planing?

Scaling and root planing is recommended as a non-surgical dental procedure to prevent periodontal disease. This dental treatment is known as a deep cleaning and this dental procedure is used to treat chronic periodontitis.

Healthy gum tissue should be tightly fitted around each tooth, the measurement from the top of the gumline to where the tooth attaches should be 1mm-3mm in depth. When tartar and bacterial plaque accumulate under the gum tissues, periodontal disease can form and cause deeper pockets to form. If you have more questions regarding this dental procedure, please reach out to us at our Granite Bay dentist office to speak with a friendly staff member and learn more about our services.

Advanced Dental Signs of periodontal disease:

  • Tartar buildup
  • Bad breath
  • 4mm or more pocket depths

Your dentist will recommend scaling and root planing dental treatment to aid in the prevention of gum disease. This dental procedure is provided by a dental hygienist or dentist, and can take more than multiple sessions to complete the dental treatment and sometimes a local anesthetic is used to minimize discomfort. During the dental procedure the dentist or dental hygienist will scale bacteria, tartar and plaque from your root surfaces and teeth, then root planing smoothes the areas around your root’s surfaces.

After Scaling and Root Planing Care

During a follow-up dental consultation, our dentist will check on the status of your gums and pockets. Majority of the time your swollen and red gums will become pink and firm again, pockets will become smaller and bleeding will be reduced. If your gums still have problems after scaling and planing you may require a surgical procedure to stop gum disease. 

Periodontal Dental Care Upkeep

After your periodontist has treated periodontal disease, your dentist may recommend more scheduled dental maintenance. These extra dental appointments will consist of teeth cleaning and examination of your gum tissue to ensure that gum disease doesn’t come back.


At Smile Time Dental, we consider our patients to be like family. That’s why it’s important to our dental team that you receive only the best work from our periodontist. Nobody wants periodontal disease, so let us help you prevent this occurrence with a little help from our dentistry!

Call us at our Granite Bay office to schedule an appointment or request a dental appointment online.

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Scaling and Root Planing FAQ

Q. When is scaling and root planing necessary for your smile?

  1. This dental procedure is used to treat advanced stages of gum disease.

Q. What is gum disease?

  1. When tartar and plaque infect your gums, gum disease occurs. 

Q. What is gingivitis?

  1. Gingivitis is when you have red and swollen gums.

Q. What is periodontitis?

  1. An advanced stage of gum disease when tissue becomes damaged and gums gradually pull away from the teeth.

Q. What is tartar?

  1. It is when plaque hardens and cannot be dislodged by brushing.

Q. Is scaling and root planing painful?

  1. You will experience some discomfort and sensitivity from the dental procedure. The dentist may inject a local anesthetic during the dental treatment.

Q. Does my insurance cover periodontal treatments at this Elk Grove office?

  1. Checking with your dental provider is the only way to determine how much is covered under your insurance plan.

Q: How do I get a dentist appointment?

A:You can call us at our office or make an appointment online to meet with someone from our dental staff.


If you have more questions regarding scaling and root planing, don’t be afraid to reach out to our office staff for answers. We want you to understand your procedure and know that you are receiving the best treatment for your oral health because a great smile starts when you are feeling confident. Contact us at (916) 260-0704 to reach our Granite Bay office so that you can speak with someone for assistance.