What Is A Scaling And Root Planing?

When patients in Encinitas and San Diego, CA, experience the symptoms of gum disease, we often address the early stages with a preventive deep cleaning. Also known as a scaling and root planing, how does this procedure combat gum disease? We’re answering questions about our deep cleanings in today’s blog.

Frequently Asked Questions About Deep Cleanings

Question: What are signs I need treatment?

Answer: Patients may need to see a periodontist if they notice changes in their gum tissue. For example, swelling, redness, soreness, recession, and bleeding when brushing and flossing are all possible warning signs of inflammation and the early stages of gum disease. Treatment will be necessary to reverse the inflammation and manage periodontal disease.

Question: How does gum inflammation develop?

Answer: Inflammation, also referred to as gingivitis, occurs for a number of reasons, including family history of periodontal problems, smoking or tobacco use, poor oral hygiene, or certain illnesses and medications. We can reverse gingivitis but once gum disease forms we will only be able to manage the disease. Which means you should see us as soon as possible once you experience symptoms.

Question: How do you perform a scaling and root planing?

Answer: The procedure involves removing plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth and the root canals. The procedure is more in-depth than a traditional dental cleaning and helps prevent inflammation from growing worse.

Question: How many visits will the procedure take?

Answer: For minor cases, we may be able to complete the procedure in a single visit. However, some patients may need up to four visits to remove all the buildup from the teeth and roots. Afterward, we will create a treatment plan to manage the disease and prevent the onset of periodontitis, the advanced stage often responsible for adult tooth loss. If you have any questions about scaling and root planing, then contact our team today.

Do You Have Sore Gums?

We often reverse gingivitis or manage the early stages of gum disease with our deep cleanings. For more information, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kania by calling her periodontal office in Encinitas/San Diego, CA, at (760) 642-0711.