Dental scaling and root planing is a two-step procedure used to improve gum health.
Two-Step Process: Scaling and Root Planing
In the first step, tartar and plaque that have built up on teeth are gently brushed away using a soft instrument called a scaler. This allows for better visibility of any problems in the gums during the next step: root planing. Why is this important? Scaling and root planing help prevent gum disease, i.e.: gingivitis and periodontitis.
Gum disease can lead to other even worse diseases that affect overall health such as cardiovascular problems (i.e.: heart attacks). Dentists help reduce the risk of these additional diseases in part by performing scaling and root planing on patients’ teeth at least once a year.
Dental plaque is a sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on our teeth from bacteria living in our mouths. This plaque contains acids that cause cavities if left untreated for a long time, or are able to damage tooth enamel and cause sensitivity of the teeth (i.e.: soreness) over time. This also causes bad breath and yellow teeth, among other negative effects.
How does scaling clean teeth?
Scaling removes plaque from the tooth surface above and below the gum line, exposing areas of decay that can be restored or protected with a sealant. Scaling is an important part of periodontal therapy—a treatment designed to arrest disease progression, preserve bone tissue and prevent tooth loss.
Scaling and root planing is a dental procedure that helps keep your teeth healthy. This process can be uncomfortable, but it’s important to have this done regularly because if you don’t, your gums will recede and the roots of your teeth will become exposed.
Dr. Nicacio at Hermiston Dental Group is friendly and will make sure you’re comfortable during the scaling and root planning process when you schedule a visit by calling (541) 567-4143 or requesting an appointment online.