Providing Scaling and Root planing for patients of Redmond, Bellevue, and Sammamish

Scaling and Root planing is also referred to as a “deep cleaning.”  It is one of the most effective ways to treat periodontitis and gingivitis before is becomes severe.  Scaling is the process of removing calculus and plaque from the root and tooth surface, while root planing is the process of smoothing out any irregularities of the root surface, making it harder for bacteria to attach to its surface.  Because it is a deep cleaning, we may need to use local anesthetic to numb the area for comfort.  Instruments we commonly use for scaling and root planing include hand instruments to scrape away the calculus and the use of the ultrasonic. What we hope to accomplish after scaling and root planing is pocket reduction, healthier gums and periodontium, and the complete removal of irritating factors (plaque and calculus).

What To Expect during treatment?

During treatment you may or may not need to numb.  This often depends on the severity of the periodontitis and if the patient has sensitive teeth.  Depending on the severity of the plaque and calculus, it may take one to two appointments to remove everything.

What to expect after treatment?

If anesthesia is used, your gums, tongue, and lip may be numb for the next hour or two. Scaling and root planing typically causes little to no discomfort.  For the next day to a week, you may notice that your teeth are more sensitive to hot and cold stimuli.  This is normal and will progressively decrease over time.  Your gums will become healthier, pinker, and less sensitive.

Why It Is Done?

Scaling and root planing is done when there is large buildup s of plaque and calculus (tartar) on the teeth.  Plaque and calculus lead  to gum and bone loss, also known as periodontitis.  As we continue to lose gum and bone, we lose the support  for our teeth with eventually leads to the lose of a tooth.  In order to remove the plaque and calculus, and prevent gum and bone loss, scaling and root planing is performed.

Does scaling and root planing work?

Scaling and root planing works to remove the stimulus (plaque and calculus) causing the gum disease.  The patient still needs to have meticulous at home care, including brushing and flossing two times a day to prevent the plaque and calculus from attaching to the teeth.

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