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Most people think perfect oral health only includes regularly brushing and flossing your teeth. But that’s often not enough to maintain optimal oral health and prevent gum disease and dental decay. If you want to completely avoid dental diseases and dental decay, you must go for regular scaling and root planing appointments, otherwise known as dental deep cleaning.

Regardless of how well you brush your teeth, you can never completely get rid of all the food particles stuck in the deep recesses of your teeth. This is especially true if you have uneven or misaligned teeth because the food particles get stuck between the crevices of your teeth. Over time, these food particles lead to the formation of plaque, a white sticky substance on the surface of your teeth. And that eventually hardens into a substance called tartar that’s impossible to remove with brushing and flossing.

The accumulation of plaque and tartar also leads to bacterial infection because bacteria thrive on plaque and tartar. The increased plaque, tartar, and bacteria in your mouth give way to a host of dental issues such as dental decay and gum disease as the bacteria start eating into your enamel and your gum tissues. As such, if you avoid scaling and root planing, you’re at a high risk of suffering from dental diseases.

Scaling and root planing is a procedure that involves the dentist removing all of the accumulated plaque and tartar from your teeth to restore your oral health. Sun Ridge Smiles provides an extremely thorough and affordable scaling and root planing treatment so you can maintain your smile. Please continue reading for a detailed discussion of the scaling and root planing procedures.

What is Dental Scaling and Root Planing?

Scaling and root planing aren’t treatments for advanced gum disease and periodontitis. Rather, they’re preventative procedures or they can treat gum disease at its earliest stage. If the bacterial infection spreads to your bones or the pulp chamber of your teeth, you may need more serious procedures.

You should generally go for scaling and root planing every six months. However, if you haven’t gone for scaling and root planing for a while, the following are some signs you need to go immediately:

  • Swelling or inflammation in your gums.
  • Persistent toothaches.
  • Persistent bad breath despite regularly brushing your teeth and rinsing your mouth.
  • Gum recession leading to a gummy smile.
  • Gum sensitivity that can lead to bleeding while brushing or flossing.

 

The aforementioned signs indicate that gum disease has already set in and you need to seek scaling and root planing immediately. If you don’t seek immediate treatment, the gum disease will spread and you’ll suffer from periodontitis. When this happens, the bacterial infection will lead to gum recession and dental decay, which will eventually rot and loosen your teeth. Eventually, you may even need to opt for dental extraction.

Scaling and Root Planing Procedure

Scaling and root planing are extremely simple non-surgical procedures. The following is a brief overview of what happens during these procedures.

Scaling

The dentist or dental hygienist uses a scalar device to remove all plaque and tartar from your teeth and from between your gums. They use a small mirror and light to reach into the deepest corners of your mouth to remove plaque and tartar deposits.

Root Planing

If you’re suffering from gum recession, the dentist will use this procedure to smoothen your root surface, remove the accumulated bacteria, and disinfect your gums. Once your gums have been treated, they’ll reattach it to your teeth.

Scaling and Root Planing After-Care

After scaling and root planing procedure, you can go back home and continue taking care of your teeth. If you had to opt for root planing, you’ll have to return after a few days so your dentist can make sure your teeth are healthy. If the dentist finds that the gum disease is still spreading, they’ll have to go for advanced surgical procedures.

If everything is fine, you’ll simply have to return for regular scaling and root planing so the dentist can remove all the accumulated plaque again. You should also maintain optimal oral health at home — brushing, flossing, and rinsing your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash.

Scaling and Root Planing Cost

The cost of scaling and root planing depends on the extent of bacterial decay. However, it generally ranges between $1,000 and $3,000 — most of which can be covered by dental insurance.

Oral Health Tips

You can minimize the risk of dental decay and plaque accumulation by following these oral health tips:

  • Brush regularly with a fluoride-based toothpaste.
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months because the bristles generally wear away over time.
  • Floss between your teeth regularly.
  • Rinse your mouth at least once a day with an antibacterial mouthwash.
  • Don’t eat too many sweets as it leads to bacterial accumulation.
  • Stop smoking because it deteriorates the quality of your teeth and gums.

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Scaling & Root Planing Q&A

Scaling and root planing and extremely simple and minimally-invasive procedures so they can be done by a dentist or a dental hygienist.

Scaling is used to remove the accumulated plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums, so it doesn’t strengthen loose teeth. However, once that is done — if you have loose teeth due to gum recession — the dentist will use the root planing procedure to reattach the gums to the teeth, thereby strengthening loose teeth.

Scaling gets rid of all the accumulated plaque and tartar from your teeth — so it’s necessary twice a year. However, you shouldn’t opt for repeated scaling beyond what’s recommended by the dentist because it will lead to wearing away of your enamel.

Scaling and root planing are generally painless procedures but they may cause slight discomfort. If a patient is particularly anxious about the procedure, anesthesia can also be used.

Schedule your Scaling and Root Planing Appointment

Sun Ridge Smiles is one of the best dental clinics for regular scaling and root planing procedures. We are affiliated with all major dental insurance providers so you don’t even have to pay for the scaling and root planing from your own pockets. For more information, please schedule your scaling and root planing appointment today.