Scaling and Root Planing

The length of time required for scaling and root planing depends on the condition of the periodontium of the patient. The periodontium refers to all of the soft tissues in the mouth that have the important function of protecting and supporting the teeth.

Scaling and root planing is among the services offered by Dr Justin Devack DMD, PA in Tamarac, FL. It is ideal for patients with gum disease, and who would like immediate treatment to avoid further deterioration of the gums. Scaling and root planing are routine dental procedures.

Other terms used for scaling and root planing are deep cleaning, conventional periodontal therapy, or non-surgical periodontal therapy.

The Need for Deep Cleaning

Your dentist will recommend deep cleaning when the presence of gum disease is noted during a dental check-up. Unlike ordinary cleaning such as brushing and flossing that patients do at home, the deep cleaning involved in scaling and root planing needs to be done by your dentist to remove tartar (aka calculus) and plaque.

Dental plaque is a biofilm or a sticky deposit inside the mouth, especially on the surface of the teeth, on which bacteria can grow and multiply. Tartar is a deposit on the teeth that is the result of hardened plaque.

Gum inflammation results when tartar and plaque are present. Inflamed gums loosen their grip on your teeth. When that happens, a pocket forms between your tooth and the inflamed gum.

Plaque settles in the pocket and bacterial infection worsens. The infection could lead to a weakening of the jawbones, as well as the loss of teeth. It is not possible to remove tartar through plain brushing alone. That is why scaling is needed. Scaling goes down below the gumline to remove both tartar and plaque. Meanwhile, root planing smoothes the root of the tooth so that the gum can reattach itself to the tooth, and begin healing.

When gum disease has not yet occurred, dentists can protect the gums and teeth of patients who regularly make dental visits by providing non-deep professional cleaning. However, when gum disease is already present, there should be no delays in having a deep cleaning. Your dentist will inform you about the condition of your gums, and explain why there is a need for you to undergo scaling and root planing.

For your scaling and root planing requirements, please schedule your appointment by calling (954) 715-1522.

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